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Spending worries motivate Runyan's Congress run

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San Diego Chargers lineman Jon Runyan says concerns about federal spending are a main reason he wants to run for Congress in New Jersey.

The lineman, best known for his time with the Philadelphia Eagles, announced last month that he would retire from football after this season and run for a House seat as a Republican.

He's trying to unseat first-term Democrat John Adler in the Garden State's 3rd District.

Speaking to The Associated Press by phone from San Diego on Friday, Runyan said a state assemblywoman called his wife to see if he would be interested in running for office.

Runyan says he thought about politics a bit and, between that call and his growing concerns about federal spending, he says the time is right to seek office.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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