Jon Runyan spent many Sundays down in the trenches during his NFL playing days for three different teams. Runyan played for the Tennessee Titans, the Philadelphia Eagles and most recently for a very brief stint with the San Diego Chargers. During those playing days, Runyan gave and received plenty of cheap shots whether the referee was paying attention or not. Dealing with these cheap shots on both ends should prepare him well as he plans his run for Congress.
Jon Runyan is running for the Republican nomination in New Jersey’s Fourth Congressional District. He will be running against freshman Democratic Congressman John Adler. John Adler knows that he is in a very tough race. He knows this and has been raising money at an amazing clip as noted by CQ Politics.
On the other side of the coin, several Republicans have already dropped out of the race for the right to face Adler, they assume that Runyan will either be able to draw in big donors from his NFL days and thus big cash or otherwise be able to write himself a very large check. Some people question whether or not Jon Runyan really has the stomach for being criticized and also having his personal finances and overall personal life diagnosed. Runyan has already scoffed at criticism that he is a millionaire looking for a job who has swooped in on the district and that he really doesn’t care about the people of New Jersey. This is criticism which has mainly come from Republican opponents.
Runyan says he was a blue collar kid who grew up in Michigan. His father worked several jobs at once just to support the family. Runyan says he bought the home when he signed with the Eagles many years ago and that he has been deeply involved in the communities in the district.
Runyan has already taken some criticism for having gotten an apparent “tax break” on some farm land that he owns in the district. He apparently did not have enough livestock grazing on the land in order to qualify for the tax break. It was one of those situations where he had five donkeys on his land and you are suppose to have seven or something along those lines as noted by Politico.
Runyan was once called one of the dirtiest players in the game by someone who would become his future team mate. Runyan does not run from that label as noted by the San Diego Union Tribune. This fact proves that he is committed to winning the race and serving with honor in Congress. Hopefully he will make the rest of the NFL proud.
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Charles Mathesien. “Oppo research on Runyan’s donkeys.” Politico.
Kevin Acee. “Congress can wait for Bolts Runyan.” San Diego Union Tribune.