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Former Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River)

T-Mac backs Becchi for Congress

Former congressman Tom MacArthur returns to his old home county to back NJ-11 candidate

By David Wildstein, February 24 2020 10:09 am

Former Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River), who had served as mayor of Randolph in Morris County before heading south in search of a congressional district in 2015, has endorsed Rosemary Becchi for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district.

“Rosemary Becchi has been a strong, independent force in New Jersey for years, and the entire state will benefit when we direct her energy toward Washington,” MacArthur said.  “She is committed to making our state more affordable for hard-working families, specifically by lowering tax burdens for our families, protecting the quality of our health care while lowering the cost and making certain our children have an affordable path to higher education.”

MacArthur is the second former congressman to back Becchi against Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) in less than a week.  She picked up the endorsement of former Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-Harding), who will serve as her honorary campaign chairman.

“Rosemary is the real deal, and when she says she will work with anyone and across party lines to achieve the best policies for New Jersey, we can bank on her actually doing it — unlike our current crop of federal representatives who are neck-deep in the divisive partisan quagmire in Washington, accomplishing nothing for New Jersey families,” MacArthur said.

MacArthur was a Randolph councilman from 2011 to 2013.   He lost his seat to Democrat Andy Kim (D-Marlton) in 2018 by a 50%-49% margin.

Becchi, a former U.S. Senate tax counsel, faces accountant Robert Crook in the GOP primary.  Crook won less than 1% of the vote as an independent candidate for Congress two years ago.

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