Former Republican Congressional Candidate Accused Of Paying Male Escort For Sex

A suburban New Jersey mayor who unsuccessfully sought a congressional seat as a Republican is being accused of paying for sex with a male escort and not following through on a promise of other gifts for the hustler.

The Burlington County Times reports that Medford, N.J. Mayor Chris Myers is being accused by the male escort of paying for sex during an October 2010 encounter at a California hotel.

The man said Myers identified himself as a mayor from New Jersey and offered his township identification card and gold ID shield as proof during the early-morning meeting at the Fairmount Hotel in Newport Beach.

The website - www.mayormyers.webs.com - has photos that show a man who appears to be Myers in his underwear lying on a bed, as well as other photos of him and personal IDs.

Myers unsuccessully ran for Congress in a south Jersey district in 2008, losing to Democrat John Adler. Myers defeated two Republicans in the primary for an open seat left vacant by the retirement of longtime Rep. John Saxton (R), before losing the general election to Adler.

The race was one of the Garden State's two open seat competitive races in 2008, with Adler becoming the first Democrat to win the seat - which encompasses parts of Camden, Burlington and Ocean Counties - in over 100 years. Adler defeated Myers, a Persian Gulf war veteran and business executive, 51.6-percent to 48.4-percent.

Adler was unseated by Republican Rep. Jon Runyan in 2010 and passed away from a heart ailment in 2011.