By Hadas Kuznits

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (CBS) – John Adler and Jon Runyan, who are vying for a seat in the state’s third congressional district, had a debate in New Jersey last night which was heard on 1210 WPHT.

One of the issues discussed revolved around a statement previously made by Republican challenger, former Eagle Jon Runyan, that he would vote to repeal the health care law, even though he never read the bill.

Incumbent John Adler said reading congressional bills is part of the job:

Adler: “Respectfully Jon, I’m not sure you’ve ever read one bill in Congress ever, not one.”

Runyan: “Well I’m not in Congress.”

Adler: “Well the fact is, many people in this room are citizens who vote regularly,  pay their taxes on time, and they read bills.”

Runyan: “I’ve read several bills. If you’re gonna pass a piece of legislation, you should be able to walk out on the street and hand it to the first person you see. They should be able to read and understand that.”

Adler: “I’m scared by that thinking. A lot of these issues are very complex, they refer to other pieces of legislation, you have to cross reference other things. Difficult issues require complex solutions sometimes.”

They also discussed jobs, taxes, the economy and homeland security.

Reported by: Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio

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