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was a 2012 Democratic
candidate who sought election to the U.S. House
to represent the 3rd Congressional District
of New Jersey
. Adler is the widow of former 3rd District Rep. John Adler
She lost to incumbent Jon Runyan
- See also: New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012
Adler ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 3rd District. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary and faced Republican incumbent Jon Runyan in the November general election.
|U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 General Election, 2012
|| Shelley Adler
||Jon Runyan Incumbent
|| Christopher Dennick, Jr.
|| Robert Edward Forchion
|| Frederick John Lavergne
||Bob's for Jobs
|| Robert Shapiro
||None of Them
|| Robert Witterschein
|Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
New Jersey's 3rd was considered to be leaning Republican according to the New York Times race ratings. The district has become slightly more Democratic since 2010, and Adler is thought to have a fund-raising advantage. When drafting the new district map, the Republicans were able to cut the town of Cherry Hill out of the 3rd District and replace it with Brick Township, where the ratio of registered Democrats to Republicans is much smaller. Analysis of the registered voters in the newly formed district suggests an advantage for Runyan; while the number of registered Democrats still exceeds the number of Republicans, the independent voters in the district consistently lean to the right.
On her website, Adler listed four major campaign issues:
- Jobs and Economy: "To keep our businesses and workers competitive in a global economy, Shelley will work to preserve and promote two of America’s greatest strengths, our creativity and our productivity. For our workers, that means adamantly pursuing equal access to quality education for children and adults, especially those at risk during hard times and expanding educational opportunities in math, science and research-oriented programs."
- Education: "As the mother of four sons, Shelley knows first hand how vital education is to individual prosperity and our nation’s economic future. She believes we must invest in educating our youth in order to ensure that future generations of Americans can compete in a global economy, work in new and developing industries, and maintain America’s standing as the strongest economy in the world."
- Medicare: "Shelley Adler believes that Medicare is a sacred trust that cannot be broken. Seniors have earned their Medicare benefits with a lifetime of hard work, and Congress has a responsibility to keep up their end of the deal. Especially in these challenging times, when seniors rely on the right to see a doctor of their choice, the Medicare guarantee must be protected."
- Veterans: "Shelley Adler is dedicated to ensuring that our bravest men and women have the benefits and jobs they deserve. She believes there is no better investment in our country’s future than to help returning veterans with job placement, health care and continuing education. Shelley will also make it a priority to provide substantive change to the VA benefits process to end the backlog of disability claims."
|Runyan vs. Adler
||Jon Runyan||Other||Undecided||Sample Size
|Richard Stockton College (October 4, 2012)||39%||49%||3%||8%||614|
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to email@example.com.|
Breakdown of the source of Adler's campaign funds before the 2012 election.
Adler was defeated by Jon Runyan in 2012. During that election cycle, Adler's campaign committee raised a total of $1,063,623 and spent $1,047,627.
|U.S. House of Representatives, New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, 2012 - Shelley Adler Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner
|Total Spent by Election Winner
|Top contributors to Shelley Adler's campaign committee|
|Royal Caribbean Cruises||$15,250|
|Democratic Congressional Campaign Cmte||$10,250|
|American Assn for Justice||$10,000
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
- ↑ NJ.com, "Widow of John Adler to run for his old seat in U.S. Congress," January 30, 2012
- ↑ Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
- ↑ NJ.gov, "U.S. Senate Primary Candidates," accessed April 2, 2012 (dead link)
- ↑ WYNC "Live! NJ Election Results," June 5, 2012
- ↑ New York Times, "House Race Ratings," accessed August 10, 2012
- ↑ Politicker NJ "CD3"
- ↑ Shelley Adler for Congress, "On the Issues" accessed October 13
- ↑ Open Secrets, "Shelley Adler 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 21, 2013