Rep. Jon Runyan has announced that he will not seek a third term in Congress representing New Jersey’s third district. Runyan was a Pro Bowl offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles for many years and it was that popularity that carried him to Congress in South Jersey.
As an Eagles fan and a Jersey guy, I was thrilled that Runyan got involved in politics. I fondly remember seeing him walking to work between New Jersey Ave and Second Street SE, and marveling at how much larger he was than any other congressman or staffer. The overly optimistic part of me hoped he could push around some of those D.C. insiders like he did defensive linemen.