Shelley Adler (D), is running for Congress to unseat Tea Party Republican Congressman Jon Runyan in New Jersey's third district (south central NJ). While raising the possibility of a gender shake-up in New Jersey's 15-member all-male U.S. House delegation, Shelley Adler hopes to reclaim this seat that Runyan took from her husband, the late Congressman John Adler.
- Shelley graduated from Harvard Law School with honors and became the first in her family to become a lawyer. While at Harvard, Shelley and her husband became the co-managing editors of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.
- Cofounded the Southwest New Jersey Council of the Anti-Defamation League. During her four years on the city council, she held the line on taxes for cash-strapped residents.
- Former Cherry Hill City Councilwoman
Opponent: Jon Runyan is a former NFL player who has backed the GOP down the line since taking office, voting with party 92% of the time. He supports dangerous restrictions on reproductive rights and voted for the Ryan budget to end Medicare. Runyan is a multimillionaire (highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history at the time of a 30 million dollar contract). He was ranked by Sports Illustrated as 2nd defensive player in the NFL in 2006. Runyan defeated John Adler 50%-47% in 2010 by some 6,000 votes.
Adler's Positions on Key Issues:
- Committed to middle class families, small businesses, senior citizens and veterans
- Fights to protect Medicare and Social Security
- Committed to pay equity and women's rights issues.
Other Endorsements: Emily's List, NASW WILL, NWPC, PP, DCCC Red to Blue, NJ Assembly speaker and Senate Maj. Leader.