Shelley Adler

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Shelley Adler
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Candidate for
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 3
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Shelley Adler was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 3rd Congressional District of New Jersey. Adler is the widow of former 3rd district Rep. John Adler.[1] She lost to incumbent Jon Runyan.[2]



See also: New Jersey's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Adler ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New Jersey's 3rd District. She was unopposed in the Democratic primary.[3] and faced Republican incumbent Jon Runyan in the November general election.[4]

U.S. House, New Jersey District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Shelley Adler 44.9% 145,506
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJon Runyan Incumbent 53.7% 174,253
     No Slogan Christopher Dennick, Jr. 0.1% 280
     Legalize Marijuana Robert Edward Forchion 0.6% 1,965
     No Slogan Frederick John Lavergne 0.2% 770
     Bob's for Jobs Robert Shapiro 0.3% 1,104
     None of Them Robert Witterschein 0.2% 530
Total Votes 324,408
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

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.[5] 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.[6]


Campaign themes


On her website, Adler listed four major campaign issues:[7]

  • 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
Poll Shelley Adler Jon RunyanOtherUndecidedSample Size
Richard Stockton College (October 4, 2012)
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Campaign donors


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.[8]

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