Jon Runyan wins Congressional seat in New Jersey

As we wait for the election returns to come in (I wrote in my father-in-law for every single race, including multiple levy votes), word has reached PFT headquarters that former Eagles offensive lineman Jon Runyan has secured a spot in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Our friends at FOX 29 in Philly have advised us that incumbent John Adler, a Democrat, has called Runyan, a Republican, to concede.

Runyan joins the likes of Steve Largent, the late Jack Kemp, and the late Byron “Whizzer” White who followed their pro football playing days with political careers.

68 responses to “Jon Runyan wins Congressional seat in New Jersey

  1. Considering the number of concussions he probably received in his day as as player, I’m not surprised he’s a Republican.

  2. Good for him. I’d like to see a couple of these ex-athlete Congressmen get some serious head-injury-prevention legistlation started (specifically relative to high school and college athletics).

  3. And there’s former Redskin/Saint QB, now congressman Heath Shuler. Shuler played his college ball at Tennessee. Runyan was a Tennessee Titan, playing on the 99/00 Super Bowl team.

  4. It’ll be interesting to see how he supports unions as a Republican… being a former players union member and from a union family too. Couldn’t be much worse than most incumbents though.

  5. The Republicans are whipping up on the Democrats in an ugly blood bath the likes most recently seen in the Raiders thrashing of Denver two weeks ago.
    What an ugly night for the Liberals, voters are treating them like they are radioactive.

  6. Congrats Jon! Quite a step from NFL OL to congressman. Maybe he can slap the stupid out of some of the other politicians in D.C.

  7. Brasho, no NJ politician gets elected without Dems voting them in. Christie included, Runyan included. So stop the Missouri-Alabama esque simplicity. This is America, not a former Confederate state that lives on Federal tax money.
    Adler (Runyan’s opponent, but you knew that…right?) voted against Obamacare, ran against Pelosi and her policies. Publicly. For months. But you knew that, right?
    I only wish I had been able to vote for Runyan, but I live right on the border. Adler was a dirt bag who tried to make John look like a stupid millionaire (like Palin).
    At least I know how Runyan made his money – to me, he’s “working class”. He bled for this team, and that I never forget. And I’d like to see what a self-made man – a novelty in politics – can do.
    Not as bad as Reagan’s first mid-term, but pretty bad.

  8. JC Watts Oklahoma QB then CFL QB was a Republican member of congress. Fob James a former Montreal Alouettes defensive back was a 2 time(not consecutive terms) governor of Alabama – the first term as a Democrat the 2nd term as a Republican.

  9. America is coming back ! What a great night ! The people have spoken and issued a loud and clear mandate: no more of Obama’s America-destroying policies !

  10. Wow, Florio
    Do you really think people are coming here to get their election news? You should probably start another site for this story, although I don’t think NBC will back you on that one.

  11. He’s anti-union, but you almost have to be if you are running for office in NJ.
    For years, irresponsible govs (Florio, Whitman, the gay dude, and Corzine) made ridiculous promises to unions – lifelong benefits and such. Yet, none of the raised taxes to pay for it or fund the pensions.
    And now all those people who wouldn’t pay taxes are living in S Carolina and Florida…not paying taxes there.
    So now we are stuck with the bill and – understandably – the unions are hesitant to budge given the need for sweeping cuts.
    Runyan’s seat has been GOP for most of the last century. Like many we’re seeing flip tonight, it was a miracle the Dems ever had it. I’m seeing Dems losing in Oklahoma and North Dakota. How the heck did they get elected to begin with?!?!?
    It’s a return to the status quo. Dems over-performed in 2008 can can’t hold many of the seats they lucked into given GOP incompetence.
    Unemployment is high…you lose.

  12. Runyan joins the likes of Steve Largent, the late Jack Kemp, and the late Byron “Whizzer” White who followed their pro football playing days with political careers.
    ******************************************
    Don’t forget Gerald Ford

  13. If Runyan is as effective as a congressman as he was as a RT, he’ll be an asset.
    Honestly, I thought he would have been a pretty good analyst on TV, but I wish him the best.

  14. It’ll be interesting to see how he supports unions as a Republican… being a former players union member and from a union family too. Couldn’t be much worse than most incumbents though.
    ——————————
    My guess he will be critical of big business unions and supportive of union members

  15. Runyan is actually a real nice guy. Loved him as an Eagle. I’ll hold off on my judgments of Congressman Runyan until he actually votes on something.

  16. If only my Madden franchise was accurate, he’d be playing RT for Oakland, and the Republicans would have one less seat.

  17. Runyan is another X athlete who is somehow a Republican otherwise known has the white people’s Christian party.

  18. Considering the number of concussions he probably received in his day as as player, I’m not surprised he’s a Republican.
    Confirming my theory that a welfare liberal usually gets the first post on all these threads….

  19. Whizzer White a politician? Yeah, he was appointed to the Supreme Court by JFK but just what were the other aspects of his “career” in politics?

  20. Talk about I voter overreaction. The guy has an R next to his name so people elect him despite the fact that he’s a know-nothing (then again, look who else got votes because of the R next to his name)

  21. Apparently people in New Jersey are still upset about Dred Scott and they need his support fighting this injustice.

  22. At least the retards in Massachusetts still vote in the winners (See Frank-D).
    Makes me happy I left that craphole state.
    Still love the Pats though.

  23. Part of the cleanout of another infection. This is the big infection you referenced above. The country is beginning to feel better.

  24. This just in Mike Strahan is going to run againest him
    And we all know that he was strys bitch for years

  25. LOL, political commentary in the cesspool that is PFT comments section. I’m sure Runyan will be highly effective in applying all his “real world” experience to political office.

  26. Runyan has a “farm” in NJ with a giant million dollar mansion on it. He boards horses or goats or some crap so he pays a rate of tax on par with a farmer…which is nothing.
    Any sales of over $500 in NJ and you qualify as a farmer.
    Another scamming dirtbag.

  27. # MikeTexas says: November 3, 2010 12:34 AM
    “Rep take back the House by a huge count and they are closing in on the Senate!!!”
    Yaaaayy. Here comes the return of $4 a gallon gas, the same thing W orchestrated for 3 months right before he left office.
    oh wait, what business is his family in again?

  28. No tingly feeling on Chris Matthews’ leg this morning ….
    Giggity ….
    Wait till Hillary – currently 9,000 miles away from the liberal debacle – takes out “the community organizer” in a 2012 primary ….
    Hussein better get those checks processed to the ‘hood and ACORN STAT!

  29. Just a reality check from someone who lives here
    Runyan was a Republican running against a de facto Republican in Adler.
    That district is rock solid Republican, Adler got elected in 2008 by trashing Obama and Pelosi. He campaigned against Nancy openly. He voted against Healthcare Reform, was quite conservative. In the Reagan era, he would have been running as the GOP candidate.
    Adler also got caught creating a 3rd Tea Party candidate to siphon votes off of Runyan, and voters didn’t like that at all. He was trying to cheat.
    Not too much Tea Party stuff from John, his candidacy was largely about fiscal responsibility and returning a historically GOP seat back into the fold. Almost ho-hum in comparison to the PA and DE races.

  30. Does anyone else think Nucky Thompson’s style of government should be brought back?
    Looks pretty good to me.

  31. The TelePrompterin-Chief calls the liberal opposition “enemies” and says “they need to sit in the back of the bus …”
    Today he says “we need an end to bipartisanship …”
    Dems have been running the show since January 2007.
    The empty suit has been neutered.

  32. dabarber says:
    November 3, 2010 8:46 AM
    Runyan has a “farm” in NJ with a giant million dollar mansion on it. He boards horses or goats or some crap so he pays a rate of tax on par with a farmer…which is nothing.
    Any sales of over $500 in NJ and you qualify as a farmer.
    Another scamming dirtbag.
    Totally legal, its called smart tax planning. Given NJ’s state government that is out of control and taxing everything in sight, I can hardly blame the guy. The problem with income re-distribution is that sooner or later, the governement is going to run out of other people’s money. So save your Burger King earnings for a rainy day.

  33. JimmySmith – not fair, we have cheap gas.
    And, actually, NJ’s problem isn’t state taxes. It’s property taxes. I pay more on my house than a $1MM home is suburban Boston. That’s in Taxachusetts. And my home isn’t worth $1MM.
    Those taxes are assessed by the local municipality, not the state, and they’ve always been high where Runyan lives.
    But, no, I don’t think most people cared about the donkeys. I’m thinking of getting a few myself.
    What I don’t understand is people who move here and then complain about the taxes. You know going in it costs a lot to live here.
    Can’t afford it? Don’t live here – THAT’S capitalism. I shouldn’t have to lower my standard of living (and get worse schools, fewer cops and firemen, litter on the streets) to accommodate cheap people who whine over paying their way.
    I moved my biz out of Philly because I didn’t want to pay a stupid Business Privilege Tax. Why can’t other people plan accordingly? Vote with your feet, because there hasn’t been a Dem or Repub with a solution to our high taxes.
    Only way would be to bundle everything on a county level – but I doubt John would want Haddonfield run by a bunch of political hacks from the City of Camden. Neither do I.

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