BurlCo freeholder mulls Runyan challenge

WASHINGTON -- Burlington County freeholder Aimee Belgard has filed papers for a potential run for Congress against Republican Jon Runyan.

Belgard, a Democrat, has filed a "statement of candidacy" with the Federal Election Commission. It is dated Oct. 1, though it was marked received by the FEC on the 18th and only recently became available to view online.

The statement does not commit Belgard to a run, though it shows that she is taking serious steps to do so. Belgard, of Edgewater Park, has also been in touch with Democratic donors and national Democratic operatives as she considers a 2014 run against Runyan, a former Eagles offensive lineman.

I mentioned Belgard in my story last week about how the federal shutdown -- and the resulting polling dive for Republicans -- has made re-election more complicated for Runyan and other local GOP incumbents.

Of course, Runyan was a top Democratic target a year ago and still won handily, despite President Obama carrying his district. Democrats won't have Obama's help in 2014 and Republicans have more than a year to put the shutdown behind them.

Belgard was a former town committee member in Edgewater Park and won a freeholder seat last year.

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