House Republican not running for re-election
November 6th, 2013
11:21 AM ET
12 months ago

House Republican not running for re-election

Updated 11/6/2013 at 12:04 p.m. ET

Washington (CNN) - Former star pro-football player Jon Runyan, a two-term Republican congressman from New Jersey, will not run for re-election next year.

 In a statement released Wednesday morning Runyan said "politics shouldn't be a career and I never intended to make it one. While it has truly been an honor to serve the people of New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, at this stage in my life, and more importantly, the lives of my three children, spending time with them is my top priority. As I serve out the rest of my term, I will continue to work hard on behalf of the people of South Jersey."

New Jersey-3, which stretches from the Delaware River to the Jersey shore, is considered a swing district. Runyan narrowly won election in 2010, and grabbed 54% of the vote in his re-election last year. While George W. Bush narrowly won the district in his 2004 presidential re-election, Barack Obama carried it in 2008 and 2012, winning 52% and 54% of the vote.

Runyan is considered a more moderate Republican, breaking with many House conservatives in voting earlier this year for Superstorm Sandy aid and for extending the Violence Against Women Act. He has been constantly targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

"Congressman Runyan is the 14th House Republican to bail from Speaker Boehner's sinking ship, and his retirement makes this swing district even more competitive. The voters of New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District will have a chance in 2014 to elect a problem-solving Democrat in this toss-up district that President Obama won twice and that sent Democrats to represent them in the U.S. Senate," said Rep. Steve Israel of New York, DCCC chairman.

"Jon came to Congress to help get our country back on track, and since day one, he has been an important part of our efforts to reform the federal government and get reckless spending under control," said Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, in a statement.

The NRCC statement made no mention of keeping the district in party hands, but a GOP source says the party's committed to keeping the seat in Republican hands.

"While this has always been a competitive district, both Jon Runyan and Chris Christie have proven that Republicans win here. While we will not take this seat for granted, we will keep this seat in the Republican column," said the official, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely.

Runyan was a top offensive lineman with the Philadelphia Eagles. He ended his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers.


Filed under: 2014 • DCCC • New Jersey • NRCC
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Excellent!
    Thanks for the "opening" Mr. Runyan and good luck in your future endeavors.
    Come on Dems and Indies that's another seat up for grabs.
    Let's give the President a Congress he will work with him.

    November 6, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Another voice of reason gone. Too bad.

    November 6, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. The REAL Truth...

    Sounds like he doesn't want the battle with the Teatrolls in the next election.. these nuts are driving reasonable folks out of office... !!

    November 6, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. jrsgta

    Another selfish goper gone and riddens

    November 6, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. robert jay

    One of the smarter Republicans – getting out while the getting is good!

    November 6, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    This is going to be a trend over the next year. Republicans will either not run or try to switch parties. They see the wave on the horizon that is coming next November. Don't come jumping on the bandwagon now.

    R.I.P.G.O.P. 11/14 – Reap the Whirlwind!!

    November 6, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. ST

    Good news. Count one seat inside the pocket of Dems. Now 16 seats shy to reach the goal.

    November 6, 2013 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Boomer in Mo

    How about moderate Republicans "primary" the tea partying nuts?

    November 6, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    Shhhh, do not talk of Obamacare any more. Shhh, be quite. What a humiliation, it is like a scorpion stung to a thief in the midnight, shhhh, enough.

    November 6, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  10. Deomcorats,Obama bad for America.

    Republicans should pick up this seat again. With the epic failure of OBama Care, more and more Democrats are breaking with the President. The 2016 elections should be a big win for the Republicans as people are finding out the Republicans were right all along. Even other Democrats are trying to overturn Obama care as mIllions of blue collar workers are losing their health insurance. " IF you like your plan you can keep it". Biggest lie ever inflicted on the good people of this coumtry. OBama bad for you, bad for America, impeach and throw the bum out.

    November 6, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Gunderson

    Well see all Sidewalk Superintendents giving excellent advice, as usual. Old Gunderson think many of you need vacation. Maybe not too late to go Niagara Falls. Find Barrel, try out. Maybe better than wade thru "Nanny Care" next 50 years.

    November 6, 2013 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  12. Deomcorats,Obama bad for America.

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    This is going to be a trend over the next year. Republicans will either not run or try to switch parties. They see the wave on the horizon that is coming next November. Don't come jumping on the bandwagon now.

    R.I.P.G.O.P. 11/14 – Reap the Whirlwind!!
    ____________________________
    I tihnk you mean the Democrats, more and more are breaking with OBama, some do not even want him to campaign for him.

    November 6, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. cumulus

    Now this guy shows his common sense and its the curse of death, yup, the tea party parasite is killing the host

    November 6, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    This is going to be a trend over the next year. Republicans will either not run or try to switch parties. They see the wave on the horizon that is coming next November. Don't come jumping on the bandwagon now.

    R.I.P.G.O.P. 11/14 – Reap the Whirlwind!!
    ____________________________
    I tihnk you mean the Democrats, more and more are breaking with OBama, some do not even want him to campaign for him.
    ---------------------------------------------
    Obama campaigning in Virginia worked out just fine for McAuliffe. Just look at San Antonio Judge Carlo Key who is switching from a republican to a democrat. Look at Charlie Crist. The crazies of the party have pushed Dick Lugar and Olympia Snowe out of the party as well.

    November 6, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    "Jon came to Congress to help get our country back on track, and since day one, he has been an important part of our efforts to reform the federal government and get reckless spending under control,"
    ---------------------
    We got the reckless spending under control when we put a Democrat in the White House. Look at year to year spending. For at least the past 40 years, every time we had a Republican POTUS spending was out of control, particularly under Reagan and Bush-43. Every thime there ws a Democratic POTUS we saw only modest spending increases from year to year, particularly under Pres. Obama.

    November 6, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    The REAL Truth...wrote

    Sounds like he doesn't want the battle with the Teatrolls in the next election.. these nuts are driving reasonable folks out of office... !!
    ----------------------
    This seat will be a test of Tea Party sensibilities. I cannot imagine what sense it would make for the Tea Party to find yet another extremist, and set them up to run for this seat. I don't think the people of south Jersey would vote for someone who would be supportive of the people who tried to deny their area relief after Superstorm Sandy. If they try it, then we know for certain they're crazy.

    November 6, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  17. ARMYCSM

    WAY TO GO ALABAMA! Alabama said "hell to the NO"to the Teaparty NJ.

    @Deomcrot, Pipe dreams buddy. The ACA or OBAMAcare isnt the great noose you idiots need to put around the president's neck. OBAMAcare will prevail, the Fleaparty will not.

    Way to go ALABAMA!!!

    November 6, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  18. cumulus

    Funny statement last night: gop fool said the Democratic party should split, the gop I'd fine. Rick has some meds you might want to try

    November 6, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  19. ARMYCSM

    Oh BTW, District 1 ALABAMA Rocks!

    November 6, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    "at this stage in my life, and more importantly, the lives of my three children, spending time with them is my top priority"

    Interesting how a moderate politician exhibits way more morality in life values than the far right religious zealots. I guess you can know the tree by its fruit (new testament).

    November 6, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    A republican "leaving" is always good news. No further comment is necessary.

    November 6, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Hector Slagg

    Uh,
    Now if Reid, Pelosi, Durban, Schumer, Van Holland, or fill in blank___________would follow suit !!! But, if you still need Nanny State.........

    November 6, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. guest

    GOP needs more moderates not less, though I respect Runyan's decision. I don't know much about his politics but I do know he was an absolute work horse on the football field. Easily one of my favorite lineman. Good luck to you and your family sir.

    November 6, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Woman In California

    Nanny states, welfare recipients, makers v takers and all the other remarks labeling democrats as lazy and dependent are only making the "other party" look more and more like the party of rich, white, greedy segregated bigots.
    Please, for the sake of our country keep this stupidity up.

    November 6, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Thomas

    It's always good to get out of office before your indicted !

    November 6, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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