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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In his role as member of the House Armed Services Committee, Runyan “has worked to ensure that we stand with Israel in a variety of areas including foreign assistance, and military funding and cooperation,” Russell wrote. The campaign spokesman also said the congressman “supports stronger sanctions against Syria and zero tolerance of terrorist organizations that threaten Israel such as Hamas and Hezbollah.”

On domestic issues, differences are more readily apparent.

Runyan wants to cut taxes, reduce the size of government and repeal President Obama’s health care reforms, calling for its replacement with “common sense health care reforms that actually lower costs for consumers.” His campaign ads attack Adler for voting to increase property taxes when she served on the Cherry Hill Township Council.

On her website, Adler refers to Medicare as “a sacred trust that cannot be broken.” She criticizes Runyan for his support of Rep. Paul Ryan’s Medicare overhaul proposal and the extension of Bush-era tax cuts that include reductions for the wealthy.

While Runyan says he is a supporter of abortion rights, Adler has criticized him for voting to sever funding to Planned Parenthood. In their respective congressional scorecards, NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Runyan a score of 0, while National Right to Life gave him 100 percent.

Adler says her campaign reflects values that she believes are attractive to Jewish voters. She says she will work on behalf of the middle class, senior citizens, veterans and women.

“People need somebody who will be on their side,” she said.


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