It didn’t take long for ex-NFL bad boy Jon Runyan to bring up Shelley Adler’s residency. In a statement issued today, Runyan’s spokesman said, “After the Carl Lewis fiasco and the public backlash towards him, you would think candidates would be more wary of seeking elected office in a district that they don’t actually live in,”
Ignoring the fact that the backlash against Lewis came not from the electorate (who were denied a vote for Senate) but from the Republican Party, a party whose middle name is “voter suppression”, the Lewis case and the Adler candidacy are two different things.
Lewis’ case is governed by the New Jersey Constitution and the ultimate judicial decision was that the dual-state long-time New Jersey resident did not meet the somewhat ambiguous residency requirement. Adler’s case is different. The US Constitution only requires that a candidate be a resident of the state from which she is elected. Shelley Adler has been a resident of New Jersey, and of the third district, far longer than
meshugina Michigander Jon Runyan has. Bottom line: Adler is a New Jerseyan, Runyan is a carpetbagger.
Neither Shelley Adler nor Steve Rothman is required to move into their newly configured congressional districts, but both have indicated that they will do so. In the case of the third district, Runyan should run on his record, not some artificial boundary line that has no bearing on the race. If he does, Shelley Adler will be our next congresswoman.