Brian Walsh

As a sign of just how desperate Democrats are getting as they see their majority in the House slipping away, the campaign for New Jersey’s Third Congressional District took a new twist last week. 

In acts that have been described as “underhanded”, “deceptive”, and “wholly dishonest”, incumbent Democrat John Adler was caught having planted a fake Tea Party candidate in his race against Jon Runyan.  Adler’s campaign operatives orchestrated the idea to get Peter DeStefano on the ballot in an attempt to siphon votes away from Runyan, who polling showed was closing in fast.  It also appears that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee may have had a hand as one of the “masterminds” behind this fraud was dispatched from the DCCC to run Adler’s campaign. 

Jeopardizing the integrity of the election and undercutting ones constituents shows just how low Democrats have sunk – and John Adler should be ashamed.

With poll numbers tightening and Adler desperate to spin his reckless Washington record to voters, it’s all too clear that he’s willing to lie, cheat and steal in order to save a political career that’s about to come to an end.  Be sure to keep an eye on Runyan and the race in NJ-03 over the next 22 days, and check back for any breaking developments. 

Original Post: 6/22/2010

Home to some of the most scenic and pristine communities in the mid-Atlantic, New Jersey’s Third District contains parts of Ocean, Burlington, and Camden counties.  The seat is consistently competitive – in 2000, Al Gore edged out George Bush, but then Bush topped John Kerry in 2004.  Republican Governor Chris Christie won easily here by a margin of 17 percent.  As a result, we know that there's an exciting race between John Adler, a career tax-and-spend politician, and Republican outsider Jon Runyan. Runyan is ahead.

Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.