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Shelley Adler Formally Announces Congressional Run

Widow of John Adler says from Brick press conference that she's running on similar issues of her late husband

From the home of a supporter in the Seaview Village adult community in Brick, and with her 10-year-old son Oliver by her side, Shelley Adler announced her run for Congress Tuesday.

Adler, the widow of former Democratic Congressman John Adler, faces a contest with incumbent Republican Jon Runyan, and says she wants to be a champion of middle class issues. She hopes to pick up where her husband left off, she said, and Tuesday afternoon mentioned a study in John Adler's name that addresses veterans' issues.

"Since John’s passing, I’ve worked to establish a national fund in John’s name to study what we can do on a federal level to improve veteran benefits and better integrate them back into civilian life. I’ll take the results of this study and go to Washington to implement them," Adler said. "This is one study that’s not going to sit up on a shelf and collect dust. It’s going to be the blueprint for real and lasting change for our veterans.

She told the crowd of 10 or so supporters and media at the press conference that her opponent is failing to address the needs of the middle class in a struggling economy and rising costs.

 “I’ve had so many people share with me their struggles, their frustrations and their hopes.  Finding a job in this economy is still hard and listening to Washington is virtually unbearable.  But there is still a fervent hope and belief that things will get better, if we’re able to restore the idea that Congress should be finding solutions, rather than picking fights,” said Adler.

“We need to help small businesses create jobs.  We need to cut wasteful spending and the taxes on middle class families that fuel it.  We need to do justice by our veterans.  And we have to stand up and protect Social Security and Medicare, rather than turn these lifelines into scapegoats for the sins of a reckless Congress,”

Adler took aim at Runyan on several occasions during her speech, accusing the professional football player turned congressman of voting to "end Medicare" and cut social programs.

“For his part, Congressman Runyan is eager to run on his record as a political outsider who never voted for a tax increase and cut spending by trillions of dollars, while fighting for pro-growth economic policies and beginning to clean up the mess in Washington created by politicians in both parties over the years,” said Runyan for Congress spokesman Chris Russell.

Adler faces an uphill battle in the newly drawn 3rd Congressional District.

Her hometown of Cherry Hill — a Democratic stronghold — was ousted from the district in favor of Brick, which traditionally votes Republican.

Her husband, in his two congressional campaigns, failed to win a majority of Ocean County voters.

Adler said she "hasn't thought about" her husband's showing in Ocean County, but is in the area frequently.

"I'm here all the time, as my husband was all the time," she said. "That's what you have to do to engage voters. You have to talk to them and you have to listen to them."

As for her chances of winning the votes of Ocean County residents: "This time, we're gonna do it," she said.

BN March 21, 2012 at 06:00 PM
It's a nationwide epidemic that started in Massachusetts with the Kennedy clan.
billy jones March 21, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Finally someone we can count on. Best of luck Shelley.
GREG AURIEMMA, ESQ. March 22, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Runyan is part of the extreme right wing. He supports the far right's attempts to dismantle social security and medicare and he has a horrible environmental record. I've had the privilege of meeting SHELLEY ADLER. She will be a champion of the middle class and the evironment. Go Shelley!
Marianne P. Clemente March 22, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I'm delighted we have a viable candidate to run against the football player we have as our current congressman. Shelley will be a stalwart opponent who will come to overshadow Runyon's physical stature. Runyon likes to talk a "good game", but when you look at his voting record - it's abysmal. I'm looking forward to working with Shelley Adler as she wins the race for the 3rd Congressional District. You can help too - just go to shelleyadlerforcongress.
Rufus O'Callahan March 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Shelley Adler, viable? Please forgive me. I'm trying my best to contain my laughter. I can find thousands of people more worthy of representing us in Washington than her.
TP March 24, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I see I've been censored by the Adler camp AGAIN: Here ya go: http://www.citizenlink.com/2012/03/22/u-s-house-votes-to-eliminate-obamacare-panel/ - 38k The REPUBLICAN controlled House of Representatives voted to eliminate the board created to essentially DENY CARE TO MEDICARE PATIENTS. It will, however, face an uphill battle to get enough votes to repeal it in the DEMOCRATE controlled Senate. Of course the DEMOCRATE President will veto it if it does pass. So the "Extreme" Leftwing is responsible for the rationing of care that will result if the panel is allowed to exist (along with the entire Obamacare law). Vote Republican to increase chances of repealing the devastating Obamacare law. More to come. http://youtu.be/ieT6cymsldM - More on Obamacare - please share with other since the "so'called media" isn't doing it's job but rather acting as a cheerleader for the left.
TP March 24, 2012 at 01:15 PM
More infringement on our rights by the party of Adler: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKbn1MdV79s&feature=share Talk about extreme!!

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