John Adler, a former Ocean County congressman, has died.
Adler, 51, died April 4 of complications from a staph infection, the Asbury Park Press reported.
Adler of Toms River had a long career in Democratic state politics when he won a swing seat representing District 3 in southern New Jersey in his party’s 2008 sweep of the U.S. House of Representatives. Two years later he was ousted in a close election by the Republican candidate Jon Runyan.
A Jew by choice, Adler grew up in Haddonfield and graduated from Harvard University and Harvard Law School. His wife, Shelley, an attorney, has served as a member of the regional advisory board for the NJ office of the Anti-Defamation League and as regional cochair of the ADL’s Civil Rights Committee. The couple has four sons, and the family attends Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill.
In August 2009, after a week’s visit to Israel, Adler told NJJN that hearing the prime ministers of Israel and the Palestinian Authority discuss opportunities for peace gave him “a sense of hope that the patience and strength of the Israeli people will be rewarded.”
Adler was one of 29 Democratic members of Congress on a mission made under the auspices of the American Israel Education Foundation, an affiliate of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.