Offshore Drilling At Issue In NJ-3 Congressional Race

As oil spews into the Gulf of Mexico from a blown-out well, candidates in New Jersey’s most competitive congressional race, the Garden State’s Third Congressional District, are making offshore drilling an issue in the district that runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Delaware River.

Freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. John Adler, like most of the state’s politicians, is against drilling off New Jersey’s shore. But Republican nominee Jon Runyan, a former Eagles tackle, says he’s in favor of drilling off the state’s coast, as long as it can be done safely and New Jersey’s residents pass a ballot question supporting it.

Both call for ending the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, support drilling in the gulf, and call for higher safety standards and vigilant enforcement. Their deepest disagreement on the issue is over whether wells should be drilled off the Jersey coast, and that already has become part of their campaign in the Third Congressional District.

Read more from Cynthia Burton at The Philadelphia Inquirer

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