New Jersey congressional incumbents cruised to easy victories on Tuesday.
Former Philadelphia Eagles lineman Jon Runyan won the Republican primary in New Jersey’s third congressional district, which covers most of Burlington and Ocean Counties. Runyan defeated the conservative Tea Party candidate, Justin Murphy, by getting 59 percent of the vote, according to The Associated Press. Murphy got 41 percent of the vote.
Runyan, who is 300 pounds and 6 feet, 7 inches tall, played 14 seasons in the National Football League. He will face Democratic Congressman John Adler this fall, in what is expected to be the most closely-watched race in New Jersey. Adler, a freshman politician, voted against President Barack Obama’s health care bill, a move that has angered some Democrats.
In New Jersey’s seventh district, which stretches from Clinton to Plainfield, Congressman Leonard Lance, a moderate Pro-Choice Republican, won 56 percent of the vote.