Congressman's Widow Battles for His Seat

Shelley Adler Tries to Regain N.J. Seat Held by Late Husband

By JTA

Published October 14, 2012.
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Due to redistricting, Adler’s heavily Jewish hometown of Cherry Hill is no longer included in the congressional district. The more Republican-leaning Brick Township has been added.

The Runyan campaign’s spokesman, Chris Russell, told JTA via email that congressional redistricting was “a big win for Republicans in New Jersey last year.” Noting that Adler no longer lives in the district, Russell says she has “a credibility problem.”

“It’s tough to ask someone to vote for you when you can’t even vote for yourself,” Russell said.

Adler has argued that removing Cherry Hill from the district was a partisan maneuver by Republican members of the state’s bipartisan redistricting commission to discourage her from running. She has said that she will move into the redrawn district if she wins.

David Snyder, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey, says Runyan is “supportive of issues important to the Jewish community” and that if Adler is elected, he expects that she also would be supportive.

Adler has served on the boards of the Jewish Federation of South Jersey, the Katz JCC and the New Jersey Anti-Defamation League.

Both candidates say they are strong supporters of Israel.

In Adler’s position paper on Israel, she states that she “has always believed in strengthening the important and critical relationship between Israel and the United States.” She called on the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Runyan backs “a strong relationship between the United States and Israel, as well as the State of Israel’s right to exist and protect itself,” Russell wrote in an email.


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