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Phone: (856) 780-6436

Address: 4167 Church Road, Mount Laurel NJ 08054-2220

Toms River NJ

Phone: (732) 279-6013

Fax: (732) 279-6062

Address: 600 Mule Road, Toms River NJ 08757

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Jon Runyan Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: New Jersey 3
  • Born: Nov. 27, 1973, Flint, MI
  • Home: Mount Laurel
  • Education:

    U. of MI, attended 1992-95.

  • Professional Career:

    Offensive lineman, NFL, 1996-2010.

  • Ethnicity: White/Caucasian
  • Religion:

    Catholic

  • Family: Married (Loretta); 3 children

Republican Jon Runyan, elected in 2010, is a six-foot, seven-inch former pro football player who has followed a path similar to that of comedian-turned-senator Al Franken of Minnesota by playing down his past and trying to become known as a hard worker on behalf of his constituents. But the two-term moderate became frustrated with the ultra conservatives in his party who instigated the government shutdown in the fall of 2013, a move he labeled "utterly ridiculous." He announced on November 6 that he would not run again in 2014, citing a desire to spend more time with his wife and three children. Read More

Republican Jon Runyan, elected in 2010, is a six-foot, seven-inch former pro football player who has followed a path similar to that of comedian-turned-senator Al Franken of Minnesota by playing down his past and trying to become known as a hard worker on behalf of his constituents. But the two-term moderate became frustrated with the ultra conservatives in his party who instigated the government shutdown in the fall of 2013, a move he labeled "utterly ridiculous." He announced on November 6 that he would not run again in 2014, citing a desire to spend more time with his wife and three children.

Runyan grew up in the factory town of Flint, Mich., in a working-class family. His father worked for General Motors for nearly 30 years while his mother raised Runyan and his younger twin brothers. When his father was laid off in the 1980s, Runyan remembers the sacrifices his family made to make ends meet. “Some nights, the only thing on the dinner table was cornbread,” he told National Journal. His father worked odd jobs to keep them afloat. In high school, Runyan excelled at sports, running cross country, playing basketball and football, and becoming a two-time state shot-put champion. He earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Michigan. Academics, however, were not Runyan’s strong suit, and after his first term he was diagnosed with dyslexia. “Battling through that, it was a struggle,” he said. “It eventually got easier.”

Runyan was drafted in the middle of his senior year by the Houston Oilers in 1996, and stayed with the team as they became the Tennessee Titans in 1997. While with the Oilers, Runyan met his wife, Loretta, a Houston police officer. After helping the Titans reach the Super Bowl in 2000, Runyan became a free agent and signed a $30 million, six-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, making him the NFL’s highest-paid offensive lineman at the time. He played in the 2005 Super Bowl and signed a $12 million three-year contract with the Eagles in 2006; he was sidelined by a knee injury and played his last season in 2009-10 with the San Diego Chargers. A 2006 Sports Illustrated poll voted Runyan the second-dirtiest player in the NFL, but he had plenty of fans in the Philadelphia area and had a regular radio show on WPHI-FM. He settled in Mount Laurel, N.J., in Burlington County and took entrepreneurial management classes at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, though he had not graduated from the University of Michigan.

In 2010, Runyan challenged Democratic Rep. John Adler, a freshman who had spent 17 years in the New Jersey Senate but had been reelected only narrowly in 2008. Runyan touted his outsider credentials as an asset. “When people question my experience, I ask them a simple question, ‘Didn’t the people with all this experience get us into this mess in the first place?’” he said. He won the June Republican primary 60%-40% over former Tabernacle Committeeman Justin Murphy.

The general election race was particularly fierce. Democrats attacked Runyan for taking a tax break on his 25-acre estate because he kept donkeys and cut timber on 20 acres of the property. He parried that the arrangement was legal and that he had paid $61,000 in property taxes on the remaining five acres. Republicans accused Democrats of putting up a candidate on a sham New Jersey tea party line to siphon away votes from Runyan. Adler said he had no knowledge of any ploy. Adler presented himself as knowledgeable and articulate in contrast to Runyan. He noted that he voted against the Democrats’ health care bill and in favor of extending the Bush-era tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. Though Runyan put $350,000 of his own money into the campaign, Adler spent a total $3.3 million to Runyan’s $1.5 million.

Like many Republican challengers in 2010, Runyan ran against the policies of President Barack Obama and the congressional Democrats, particularly the health care overhaul. He argued that the bill’s mandate to buy insurance violated the Constitution. He also said the 35% corporate tax rate was too high and opposed raising the retirement age in Social Security. Runyan won 50%-47%. Adler carried his home area of Cherry Hill 59%-39%, and edged Runyan 53%-45% in Burlington County. But in Ocean County, where 40% of the votes were cast, Runyan led 59%-37%.

In the House, Runyan has been a centrist along the lines of New Jersey’s other GOP members (with the exception of the 5th District’s conservative Scott Garrett). He supported House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s controversial budget blueprint and criticized Obama’s proposed defense cuts, but joined Democrats on labor-related measures and on an offshore drilling moratorium. He also boasted to the Asbury Park Press of his work with liberal Barney Frank, D-Mass., on trying to save commercial fishing jobs. He has focused on his district, and got a bill into law in November 2012 providing a cost-of-living boost to the compensation paid to disabled veterans and their survivors.

Unlike other Republicans who steer clear of Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Runyan regularly chats with her on the House floor. “The biggest thing is when I go over (to the Democratic side), Ms. Pelosi always comes up and starts talking football,” he told the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill with a laugh.

In April 2011, Adler died of a heart ailment. His widow, Shelley Adler, decided to challenge Runyan in 2012. A corporate lawyer and former Cherry Hill township council member, she highlighted Runyan’s votes with the GOP majority and argued he was out of step with the district. But Runyan raised nearly twice as much money and maintained a lead in pre-election polls, which prompted national Democrats to invest their energy elsewhere. Runyan won 54%-45%. His retirement set up a potentially competitive 2014 contest in the district, which Obama carried 52%-48% in 2012.

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Jon Runyan Election Results
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2012 General
Jon Runyan (R)
Votes: 174,253
Percent: 53.72%
Shelley Adler (D)
Votes: 145,506
Percent: 44.85%
2012 Primary
Jon Runyan (R)
Votes: 22,013
Percent: 100.0%
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (50%)
Jon Runyan Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 53 (L) : 47 (C) 48 (L) : 52 (C) 46 (L) : 53 (C)
Social 52 (L) : 47 (C) 53 (L) : 47 (C) 48 (L) : 52 (C)
Foreign 34 (L) : 60 (C) 43 (L) : 54 (C) 16 (L) : 75 (C)
Composite 47.5 (L) : 52.5 (C) 48.5 (L) : 51.5 (C) 38.3 (L) : 61.7 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC9083
LCV2014
CFG4554
ITIC-100
NTU6561
20112012
COC94-
ACLU-0
ACU6456
ADA205
AFSCME14-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Find AG in contempt
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
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