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NY Times: Adler is a Desperate Incumbent Democrat

September 9, 2010

John Adler


Career politician John Adler (NJ-3) was cited by the New York Times this weekend for joining the ranks of a growing number of desperate incumbent Democrats who are avoiding a discussion on important issues like the economy and instead opting to launch personal negative attacks against their opponents at the behest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, charged the campaign of Republican challenger Jon Runyan. 

The article indicates that Pelosi and other House Democrat leaders “…are preparing a brutal triage of their own members in hopes of saving enough seats to keep a slim grip on the majority.” 

“After 22 years in elected office, the end is near for career politician John Adler and he knows it,” 

said Runyan spokesman Chris Russell.  

“After recklessly taxing, spending and borrowing New Jersey to the brink of bankruptcy, and now voting with Nancy Pelosi more than 90% of the time in Congress, all Adler has left are misleading personal attacks in an effort to cling to power.  Even the New York Times questioned whether voters have reached the point where they are no longer even listening to Democrats like Adler.” 


Adler’s attack on Runyan’s farmland assessment falls flat on all fronts. 


ATTACK:       Adler’s ad claims Runyan doesn’t pay his fair share of taxes. 

TRUTH:        Runyan pays nearly $60,000 per year in property taxes – more than eight times the state average. 

ATTACK:       Adler claims Runyan was “caught” with his farmland assessment. 

TRUTH:        Adler’s attack is a complete fabrication.  The property was assessed as farmland when the Runyan’s bought it and is in full compliance with the law. 

ATTACK:       Adler claims Runyan is “scamming” the system. 

TRUTH:        Runyan’s farmland assessment is supported by the NJ Farm Bureau.  Despite his newfound outrage, during his 16 years in the State Senate Adler didn’t do anything to change the state’s farmland assessment law – he supported it.

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  1. Terry Land permalink
    September 11, 2010 12:29 am

    The NYT was right about Adler’s desperation. When he failed with his 3rd Tea Party candidte plant, he has now switched to negative attacks full of lies. Jon’s ads on the other hand deals with issues and the need for change. If Adler refuses to discuss issues, he will soon find him on the DNC cut list. Jon just needs to keep positive yet point out Adler’s desperate attempts to continue politics as usual.

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