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Adler’s Spending and Negative Campaigning Problem Proves Desperation

September 21, 2010

John Adler

Career politician John Adler is so concerned about protecting his job that he’s shamelessly resorted to using taxpayer funds to spin his vote for the failed trillion-dollar stimulus. As reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer and The Hill, Adler has spent $480,000 of taxpayers’ hard-earned money to mail and call New Jersey voters. Additionally, in just the first three months of this year he spent $191,729 on spin paid for by Uncle Sam, which is the third highest of anybody in Congress.  This excessive spending, combined with the Asbury Park Press editorial saying Adler’s negative campaigning is “over the top” and backfiring, is a sign that John Adler is desperate. 

  

  

“Facing a tough reelection race, New Jersey Rep. John Adler (D) has been taking full advantage of his franked-mail privileges. By the end of June 30, the freshman Democrat had spent $480,000 in public money to mail and call his 3rd district constituents. That places him among the top spenders on constituent communications, according to an analysis of House disbursement reports by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Between January and March this year, his office spent $191,729 on mass communication — the third highest expenditure in the House.”  

(Sean J. Miller, “Rep. Adler spends almost $500K on office mail,” The Hill, 9/20/2010)  

  

  

NRCC COMMENT: 

“John Adler’s political career is so imperiled that he’s shamefully resorted to wasting taxpayer funds to defend his record on reckless spending. While middle-class New Jersey families are struggling to pay their bills, Adler’s using their hard-earned money to defend his vote for a failed trillion-dollar stimulus. After voting with Nancy Pelosi over 90 percent of the time, Adler’s desperately doing everything he can to repair his tarnished image.” 

Tory Mazzola, NRCC Spokesman 

Additional Information on John Adler’s Evolving Position on the Failed Stimulus Bill 

  • When the stimulus bill passed Adler said “the bill will also save or create an estimated 171,000 New Jersey jobs and reduce unemployment by a projected 2.1%.” (Press Release, Rep. John Adler, 1/27/2009)

  

  • The reality is that in January 2009, which is when the stimulus bill passed, unemployment in New Jersey was 7.5 percent.  In July 2010 it was 9.7 percent.  Unemployment in New Jersey has actually increased.  That probably explains why Adler’s position on the stimulus has shifted so much. 

  

  • July 2010: Adler admitted that the stimulus bill “hasn’t yet worked” in terms of putting people back to work.

  

  • August 2010: Adler criticized those who point out the failures of the stimulus as “political tactics people take when they’re desperate.” 
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