Jon Runyan may be getting the support of people in Ocean County, but it certainly doesn’t seem like they are very excited about it. Lets see what Mo Hill had to say taking his name out of consideration:
“Rather than divide our party in an expensive primary, I have decided to withdraw my name for consideration and throw my support to Jon Runyan,” Hill said in the statement. “Jon has the financial ability to match Adler’s fundraising abilities as well as considerable name recognition from his professional career.”
So he’s got money and people know his name cause he was a football player. Sounds enthusiastic. But that reaction was a ringing endorsement compared to what he got from GOP Boss George Gilmore:
Gilmore said NFL player and former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyan of Mount Laurel “would have to be considered the front-runner” for the nomination.
Wow, talk about some excitement coming from Gilmore. He might as well have gone with the, he’s the last guy who wants it endorsement. You wonder what they’d be saying about the guy if he wasn’t willing to self fund. Runyan is going to need a more enthusiastic Gilmore to help raise his name ID in Ocean County.
It is however pretty significant that Runyan won’t have to face a primary with a candidate back by the party organization. Chris Myers only lost by a 52-48 margin and there was a bitter primary leading up to it. Runyan can consolidate the party now and raise money for what will be a well funded opponent in Adler. Not everyone is ready to clear the field as Joe Rullo says he still considers himself the front runner in Ocean County and he’s running regardless. Justin Murphy has also said he is running out of Burlington County. They are getting a late jump on things as Adler announced his campaign in September ’07 for a November ’08, while Runyan is getting started in March ’10 for a race just 8 months later. This is shaping up to be very competitive fight for the seat.