|Member of the "U.S. House of Representatives
from "New Jersey's "3rd district
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||"Jim Saxton|
|Succeeded by||"Jon Runyan|
|Member of the "New Jersey Senate
from the "6th district
January 14, 1992 – January 3, 2009
|Preceded by||Lee B. Laskin|
|Succeeded by||"James Beach|
|Born||John Herbert Adler
August 23, 1959
"Philadelphia, "Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||April 4, 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Cause of death||Complications from "staphylococcal infection|
|Spouse(s)||"Shelley Levitan Adler|
|Residence||"Cherry Hill, New Jersey, U.S.|
|"Alma mater||"Harvard College,
"Harvard Law School
John Herbert Adler (August 23, 1959 – April 4, 2011) was an American politician who served as a "U.S. Representative for "New Jersey's 3rd congressional district from 2009 until 2011. He was a member of the "Democratic Party. He was formerly a member of the "New Jersey Senate from 1992 to 2009, where he represented the "6th Legislative District. The district stretches from the suburbs of "Philadelphia to "Ocean County. He lost the 2010 congressional election to former football player "Jon Runyan (of the "Philadelphia Eagles) and died the following year. In 2012 Adler's widow, "Shelley Adler, announced her candidacy for the seat.
Adler was born in "Philadelphia, the son of Mary Louise (née Beatty) and John Herbert Adler. His ancestry included German (including Bavarian), English, and Irish. He moved to "Haddonfield, New Jersey when he was two years old. His father owned a small dry cleaning store. When Adler was in high school, his father died after a series of heart attacks. Adler and his mother lost the family business, and survived off his father's "Social Security benefits for widows and minors. He attended "Haddonfield Memorial High School. He went on to receive an "B.A. from "Harvard College in Government, and earned a "J.D. from "Harvard Law School. He paid for law school through student loans, grants and working odd jobs throughout college.
Adler was elected in 1991 to the "New Jersey State Senate, where he served from 1992 until his inauguration into the "U.S. House of Representatives in 2009. While in the "New Jersey State Senate, Adler served on the Judiciary Committee (as Chair) and the Environment Committee. He served on the New Jersey Israel Commission since 1995, and on the New Jersey Intergovernmental Relations Commission from 1994 to 2002.
Adler was co-sponsor of the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act, enacted in 2006, which banned smoking in almost all public places. Adler was one of three co-sponsors of a Senate bill submitted in 2008 that would extend the smoking ban to casinos and simulcasting facilities, which had been exempted in the earlier version of the ban.
Adler co-sponsored legislation that strips government pensions from public employees who are convicted of or plead guilty to corruption charges.
Adler co-sponsored a bill that would expand voting rights for military personnel and New Jersey citizens overseas to include state and local elections. The bill was signed into law on August 12, 2008, by Governor Corzine.
U.S. Congressman Adler was ranked by "The National Journal as one of the ten most centrist members in the House of Representatives. He is ranked as 50.5 percent liberal and 49.5 percent conservative.
Adler was in favor of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Adler voted against the "Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), and later voted to end the program. In January 2009, Adler announced his first bill as a U.S. Representative: the Safeguarding America's Seniors and Veterans Act, which mandated a one-time payment of $500 to persons eligible for Social Security, railroad retirement, or veterans disability benefits. According to a statement by Adler's office, the bill was necessary because "the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 fails to address the needs of our seniors and veterans". The bill attracted 11 cosponsors; it was referred to the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health, and progressed no further. Adler voted for the "Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
In November 2009 and March 2010, Adler voted against House and the Senate Health Care bills. He did not sign a petition circulated by Iowa Republican "Steve King calling for a complete repeal of the law.
On October 7, 2003, along with "Rep. Bill Pascrell of New Jersey's 8th Congressional District, Adler formally endorsed "Senator John Kerry for "President and became the Co-Chairman of John Kerry's campaign in the Garden State. Shortly afterwards on December 19, 2003, "Governor of New Jersey "Jim McGreevey and most of the New Jersey Democratic Party came out in support of Former "Governor of Vermont "Howard Dean for President. Because of this endorsement for Kerry, and Kerry's decisive win in the Democratic Primary, Adler was rumored to be the frontrunner for "U.S. Attorney for New Jersey if the Senator from "Massachusetts had won the "2004 presidential election.
On September 20, 2007, Adler announced that he planned a second challenge to Saxton. By this time, the district had been renumbered as "New Jersey's 3rd congressional district. On November 9, 2007, Saxton announced that he would not seek reelection in 2008, citing "prostate cancer. This dramatically altered the dynamics of the race; instead of facing a 25-year incumbent, Adler was now running in an open seat. Adler was unopposed in the Democratic primary, and faced Republican "Medford Mayor, "Lockheed Martin executive, and "Gulf War veteran "Chris Myers.
During the 2008 election cycle, Adler was one of the first elected officials in New Jersey to endorse "Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination in a state where the party establishment supported "Hillary Clinton. Adler held a financial advantage over his opponent through all of the race, holding a 10–1 or 5–1 funding edge over Myers for a majority of the campaign. Adler had raised the most money in the country of any non-incumbent congressional candidate.
Adler received a number of endorsements for the election, including those from the Teamsters, "Fraternal Order of Police, "National Association of Police Organizations, Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey, New Jersey Environmental Federation, The "Sierra Club, the Humane Society Legislative Fund, The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Health Care, and the Recreational Fishing Alliance.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee committed $1.7 million in ad buys to Adler's campaign. In comparison, the NRCC committed $84,200 in coordinated ad buys with the Myers campaign, in addition to help the NRCC gave in financing an internal poll in September with the Myers campaign. Myers also benefited from two ad buys by the 501(c)(4) organization "Freedom's Watch, which attacked John Adler on his tax record, his legislative history, and contributions he received from subprime mortgage companies.
Adler won a majority of newspaper endorsements. He was endorsed by the "Press of Atlantic City, "The Philadelphia Inquirer, "The New York Times,  the "Burlington County Times, the "Courier Post, Myers received the endorsement of the "Asbury Park Press.
The 3rd district race was the last one to be called in New Jersey on Election Night 2008. Adler ultimately defeated Myers with 52.08% of the vote to Myers' 47.92%. He was sworn into his position as the Congressman from the 3rd district of New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives on January 6, 2009, the first Democrat to represent this district in 123 years.["citation needed]
Adler lost the 2010 midterm election to Republican nominee "Jon Runyan. Adler received 47.3% of the vote, while Runyan received slightly more than half the votes cast. Runyan is a former "Philadelphia Eagles star and a "Mount Laurel resident.
In addition to Runyan, Adler was challenged by NJ Tea Party nominee Peter DeStefano, Libertarian nominee Russ Conger, and Your Country Again nominee Lawrence J. Donahue.
Republicans heavily targeted this seat in this election cycle. A warning sign for Adler came in the New Jersey gubernatorial race in 2009, when Republican candidate "Chris Christie carried Adler's district by 17 points over Democratic Governor Jon Corzine  Governor Christie campaigned hard for Runyan, calling Adler a "career politician".
Some Democratic operatives asserted that Adler campaign staffers and the Camden County Democratic Committee (CCDC) recruited Tea Party candidate Peter DeStefano in an attempt to split the conservative vote and benefit Adler. New Jersey Tea Party groups said they had never heard of DeStefano until he had a strong showing in a July poll released by the Adler campaign. On October 8, 2010, the Associated Press reported, based on the details of an earlier article at CourierPostOnline.com, that there was "mounting evidence" that the Democrats recruited DeStefano. The article noted that a Democratic Party employee ran DeStefano's website and that many of the signatures on DeStefano's nominating petitions belonged to Democrats - including a former Adler campaign staffer. Reportedly, Steve Ayscue, the paid head of operations for CCDC, and Geoff Mackler, Adler's campaign manager, presented a plan at CCDC Headquarters during a May 26 meeting of the South Jersey Young Democrats, and some of those present soon joined in circulating a petition to place Peter DeStefano on the ballot. Adler denied the allegations. DeStefano called the suggestion that he was a Democratic plant "a bunch of crap". In the end, DeStefano garnered only 1.5% of the vote.
Adler met his wife "Shelley in law school. He "converted to her faith of Judaism in 1985, having been raised an Episcopalian. After they graduated, they returned to South Jersey and settled down in Cherry Hill. They resided in Cherry Hill with their four sons until his death.
In 2012, Shelley Adler ran against Runyan for Adler's old U.S. House seat.
|"U.S. House of Representatives|
|Member of the "U.S. House of Representatives
from "New Jersey's 3rd congressional district
|"New Jersey Senate|
|"New Jersey State Senator - District 6