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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.

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68 Responses to “Jon Runyan wins Congressional seat in New Jersey”
  1. Commandant says: Nov 2, 2010 10:27 PM

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

  2. ThePitts says: Nov 2, 2010 10:29 PM

    PFT…? political football talk…

  3. Canyonero says: Nov 2, 2010 10:29 PM

    And Heath Shuler

  4. Infidel says: Nov 2, 2010 10:31 PM

    Nice.

  5. Schatt Maub says: Nov 2, 2010 10:33 PM

    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).

  6. A.B. Paine II says: Nov 2, 2010 10:38 PM

    You forgot about Heath Shuler.

  7. QB or not QB says: Nov 2, 2010 10:40 PM

    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.

  8. contraryguy says: Nov 2, 2010 10:43 PM

    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.

  9. brasho says: Nov 2, 2010 10:43 PM

    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.

  10. treeman says: Nov 2, 2010 10:44 PM

    OMG! Well, the bar just got even lower in Congress. What a joke.

  11. NFL4EVER says: Nov 2, 2010 10:47 PM

    And even better, he’s a Republican!

  12. FootballFreak says: Nov 2, 2010 10:56 PM

    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.

  13. Phil Wright says: Nov 2, 2010 11:02 PM

    Lets not get off on a political rant here. We have many other places to find that information.

  14. rockotica says: Nov 2, 2010 11:04 PM

    the GOP back in some sort of power; putting the criminals in charge of investigating the crime.

  15. Mooch says: Nov 2, 2010 11:08 PM

    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.

  16. RexR#1 says: Nov 2, 2010 11:12 PM

    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.

  17. Caymus says: Nov 2, 2010 11:12 PM

    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 !

  18. AD=SB2009 says: Nov 2, 2010 11:15 PM

    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.

  19. Mooch says: Nov 2, 2010 11:16 PM

    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.

  20. dbick says: Nov 2, 2010 11:27 PM

    he’s actually backed by the tea party, ugh.

  21. vbe says: Nov 2, 2010 11:31 PM

    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

  22. PhillyHouse says: Nov 2, 2010 11:31 PM

    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.

  23. Woody Paige says: Nov 2, 2010 11:32 PM

    Go Republicans

  24. Warpstone says: Nov 2, 2010 11:38 PM

    @Commandant About 99% of the NFL’s current playing body is Republican.

  25. BDiddy says: Nov 2, 2010 11:45 PM

    He’s probably the most intelligent and sane of all the Republicans who won today.

  26. mmartian says: Nov 2, 2010 11:47 PM

    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

  27. tatum32 says: Nov 2, 2010 11:51 PM

    hopefully, he can bring some grassroots issues from main street to Congress…

  28. nyJag says: Nov 2, 2010 11:58 PM

    I thought i read two weeks ago that pft called this race

  29. Cubano says: Nov 3, 2010 12:03 AM

    Can’t wait to see those hairy arms hangin out in the US Capital!

  30. TacoBill says: Nov 3, 2010 12:04 AM

    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.

  31. titlesong says: Nov 3, 2010 12:05 AM

    Even worse, he’s a wacko Tea-bagger….

  32. soupy says: Nov 3, 2010 12:08 AM

    At least he’s smart enough to be a Republican.

  33. NumberSeven says: Nov 3, 2010 12:10 AM

    Wow lots o’ liberals follow this site, eh? Go big government! Go big taxes!

  34. Hauschild says: Nov 3, 2010 12:15 AM

    The people have spoken.

  35. oh the usual says: Nov 3, 2010 12:21 AM

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

  36. MikeTexas says: Nov 3, 2010 12:34 AM

    Rep take back the House by a huge count and they are closing in on the Senate!!!

  37. cobrala2 says: Nov 3, 2010 12:35 AM

    I think someone already mentioned this but you forgot Heath Shuler.

  38. rsa says: Nov 3, 2010 12:41 AM

    Yeah, but can he dance?

  39. ncviking says: Nov 3, 2010 12:41 AM

    Heath Shuler was re-elected to serve his third term today. He is a Democrat.

  40. monet99 says: Nov 3, 2010 12:55 AM

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

  41. TheWizard says: Nov 3, 2010 1:07 AM

    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….

  42. eaglesnoles05 says: Nov 3, 2010 2:55 AM

    Dredd Scott. Classic. AND THEN he got elected. Marvelous.

  43. jayhawk67 says: Nov 3, 2010 4:55 AM

    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?

  44. LebronJeremy says: Nov 3, 2010 5:59 AM

    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)

  45. RugDaniels says: Nov 3, 2010 6:39 AM

    Apparently Michael Strahan is establishing residency in the Jersey 3rd for the 2012 race…

  46. Cleg says: Nov 3, 2010 6:39 AM

    Boy or boy there are some dumb people living in the Garden State.

  47. Brusci is Poncherello says: Nov 3, 2010 6:42 AM

    He won the I’m hairier than George “The Animal”Steel voter…

  48. steelerfan9598 says: Nov 3, 2010 6:48 AM

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

  49. The Real Shuxion says: Nov 3, 2010 7:25 AM

    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.

  50. INVAIDUH says: Nov 3, 2010 7:35 AM

    so strahan didnt beat him this time?

  51. Old School says: Nov 3, 2010 7:54 AM

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

  52. Bigbluefan says: Nov 3, 2010 7:56 AM

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

  53. Hank_SJ says: Nov 3, 2010 8:07 AM

    Another Fat Man with No Plan for New Jersey (and the country) just like the governor.

  54. Duck Fallas says: Nov 3, 2010 8:11 AM

    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.

  55. awdlmd says: Nov 3, 2010 8:12 AM

    Another jackass in a suit. Here’s hoping his political career is unpleasant and short.

  56. DG0122 says: Nov 3, 2010 8:16 AM

    I guess commandumbass likes his grapes sour…
    ‘so long, gay boys!’

  57. J. Clayton says: Nov 3, 2010 8:44 AM

    Republicans are the ones who attend WWE events.

  58. dabarber says: Nov 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.

  59. Kevin from Philly says: Nov 3, 2010 8:55 AM

    At least the crazy lady from Delaware lost. Maybe if she looked like Samantha Stevens…

  60. Bwa Ha Ha says: Nov 3, 2010 9:08 AM

    A chicken in every pot and a donkey in every back yard

  61. ForrestGump says: Nov 3, 2010 9:17 AM

    # 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?

  62. Infidel says: Nov 3, 2010 9:42 AM

    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!

  63. Mooch says: Nov 3, 2010 9:46 AM

    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.

  64. Mooch says: Nov 3, 2010 9:49 AM

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

  65. Infidel says: Nov 3, 2010 10:03 AM

    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.

  66. JimmySmith says: Nov 3, 2010 10:05 AM

    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.

  67. Mooch says: Nov 3, 2010 10:57 AM

    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.

  68. Duck Fallas says: Nov 3, 2010 12:16 PM

    If we don’t see any results by February we need to vote the incumbent bums out.

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