If you thought that Jon Runyan signing with a football team would mean he would not seek to challenge Jon Adler for his Congressional seat, you were wrong according to his statement:
“Yesterday, I received an offer to pursue my professional dream of winning a Super Bowl, and have decided to sign with the San Diego Chargers for the remainder of this season through the playoffs. Win or lose, these will be my final games as an NFL player,” said Runyan in a statement. “Last night, I personally informed the Republican County Chairmen in NJ’s 3rd Congressional District that after the season is over I plan to officially retire from football and pursue a campaign for the United States Congress. I want to thank all of the people who have been encouraging me to run next year and let them know that I look forward to a successful end to my career on the field, and a spirited campaign against Congressman Adler in 2010.”
He’s already met with the GOP chairs and while Burlington County is clearly behind him, George Gilmore and the Ocean County GOP have taken a more wait and see approach. Now he’ll play out the season and then apparently transition from the playing field to the political field.