Bob Spahr, a writer for New Jersey News, wrote a story about Jon Runyan who accused the incumbent Congressman, John Adler, of inserting a fake Tea Party candidate onto the ballot in New Jersey in order to draw off support from his own election campaign.
Peter DeStefano’s name first came to the attention of the public in an internal poll take by Congressman Adler’s campaign people. They designated him as a candidate running for the House of Representatives in the 3rd District and a member of the New Jersey Tea Party.
Bill Haney, founder of the West Jersey Tea Party, announced in August that Peter DeStefano is not. . .a Tea Party Candidate. He says that the man is a shill for someone else, and that he certainly does not stand for what the Tea Party stands for. Needless to say, all Tea Party factions around New Jersey were subsequently contacted, and no one claimed any affiliation with Peter DeStefano.
Mister DeStefano told the press in Atlantic City that the Tea Party movement is an ideology, and that it is not a “physically present” political party. He also said that he is against partisan politics; ergo, he has the right to run for office. He says that Runyan and Adler are both liberal candidates, and that they are like two peas in a pod.
Chris Russel, a spokesperson for the Runyan campaign, pointed out that candidate Stefano’s petitions were notarized by politically active lawyers who are members of the Democratic Party. The petitions had been signed by former Adler staff members. For additional information about this story, reporter Bob Spahr can be reached at [email protected]
If you do not already know, Republican Jon Runyan played the position of Offensive Tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles. That is one way to develop political instincts.
John Adler graduated from Harvard University. He attained his Juris Doctor after completing Harvard Law School. He met his wife, Shelley, at Harvard.
Congressman John Adler is the first Democrat to represent the 3rd District of New Jersey in 123 years. He was a New Jersey State Senator from 1999 until he was elected to Congress in 2008 when he defeated Chris Myers with 52.08% of the vote. Governor Chris Christie carried the 3rd District in 2009 by a 17 point margin over his Democratic opponent.
Issues that candidates sparred over last summer include government spending, the environment, who owns stock in what company, and who accepted campaign funds from whom.
The 3rd District of New Jersey stretches from the suburbs of Philadelphia to Ocean County. Runyan and Adler met this past week to debate the issues. More to come!