Moderate Republican congressman Jon Runyan won’t run for reelection in 2014, leaving New Jersey’s third district (BurlCo, Ocean County) wide open. The 40-year-old Runyan (of course) said he is leaving to spend more time with his family, which includes a teenage son who plays football at St. Joe’s Prep. The real reason, many suspect, is that he’s sick of the hard-liners in his own caucus.
“Jon was frustrated – no secret,” said Burlington County Republican Chairman Bill Layton [to the Inquirer]. “For the last year he was dealing with people in the Republican Party down there giving him a hard time on the Sandy relief package, and then there was the closure of government.”
Sick of Tea Party loonies? To this we say: