New Jersey: Adler Nears $2 Million Mark in Money Raised

Posted July 8, 2008 at 6:42pm

State Sen. John Adler (D) announced Tuesday that his campaign for the open 3rd district seat had brought in more than $720,000 in the second quarter of the year and has now raised more than $1.9 million for the cycle.

He finished June with more than $1.4 million in the bank.

Those strong numbers will certainly serve Adler well in the expensive media markets that surround the south-central New Jersey district in the much-hyped race to replace retiring Rep. Jim Saxton (R).

Adler has received more than 2,700 individual donations this cycle, 70 percent of which come from New Jersey residents, according to Tuesday’s news release.

“Our positive message for change has energized people throughout the district, and that message is resonating with people from the Jersey Shore in Ocean County to the Delaware River in Burlington County,” Adler spokesman Raiyan Syed said in the release.

Adler is a well-known state legislator who ran for the 3rd district seat back in 1990. Adler lost that race to Saxton. But Adler has been planning another Congressional run for several years.

Adler was unopposed in his June primary, but the GOP primary was a bitter fight between Lockheed Martin Vice President Chris Myers, who also serves as mayor of Medford, and Ocean County Freeholder Jack Kelly. Myers, who had Saxton’s support, emerged from that battle.

Chris Russell, a spokesman for Myers, said Tuesday that Myers’ second-quarter fundraising numbers wouldn’t be available until later this week but acknowledged that Myers’ campaign was essentially starting from scratch in June after spending all its money to make it through the primary.

But while Myers will likely be playing catch-up on the fundraising front for the rest of the cycle, Russell said the campaign will be just fine.

Pointing to Adler’s “failed tax-and-spend policies,” Russell said Adler “can’t raise enough money to defend a record that miserable.”