Jon Runyan won’t be on the ballot in November after only four years in the House of Representatives, Save Jerseyans. His departure took many causal observers by surprise and it’s setting off a potentially ugly primary in New Jersey’s Third Congressional District.
I did say “causal” observers because anyone who knows Jon Runyan or communicates regularly with the people around Jon Runyan knows he’s been unhappy in Congress. He explained why in a guest contribution to Politico Magazine on Friday…
There is no doubt that I am enormously proud of the work I’ve done on behalf of my constituents. We’ve got more than 60,000 veterans and their families in the 3rd District of New Jersey — and not a day has gone by that I wasn’t fighting for them. South Jersey is home to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, one of the finest military installations in the world, and it was my honor to represent the base and all of those who serve there. That’s the stuff that matters to me.
But my frustrations with the ways of Washington have been well-documented. Of course, the things that have bothered me most — the petty ambitions and the misplaced priorities — have frustrated many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Believe it or not, there are members of Congress who actually want to govern and get stuff done. Unfortunately, there are others whose agendas and strategies serve to advance their own interests and expand their donor base.
You can read Rep. Runyan’s full article here.