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Cook Report: LoBiondo seat “Leans Democratic”

The Cook Political Report has moved Republican Frank LoBiondo's 2nd district House seat from Toss Up to Leans Democratic. LoBiondo is retiring after 24 years in Congress, and the leading candidate is State Sen. Jeff Van Drew, a Democrat who regularly wins big numbers in Republican areas.   Republicans have been unable to recruit a top-tier candidate to replace LoBiondo. Van Drew, a slightly right-of-center Democrat, faces three primary challengers who
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T-Mac wants probe of postal rate increase

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) is demanding the Postmaster General reverse sudden postal rate hikes that affect care packages sent to service-members deployed abroad, and wants the House Oversight Committee to investigate the impact these changes will have on non-profit groups. “Some nonprofits, such as Operation Yellow Ribbon of South Jersey, will see a drastic increase in postage costs that will severely limit the number of packages they can afford
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Lance, MacArthur on FBI memo

A decision by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence to release a previously-classified memo concerning the Federal Bureau of Investigation has sparked comment from two Republican congressmen from New Jersey. "The allegations in this memo are serious, but must not be used to impugn the good men and women at the FBI or discredit the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Anytime we are talking about abuse of government,
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TMac ad buy slams Kim indecision

Rep. Tom MacArthur’s campaign has launched a digital ad buy attacking Democrat Andy Kim for disappearing during the federal government shutdown two weeks ago. "Andy Kim has chosen to side with Nancy Pelosi and the radical left, and act like he’s a candidate running for Congress in San Francisco, not South Jersey,” said Chris Russel, a political consultant who works for MacArthur.  “Instead of siding with Democrats like Josh Gottheimer,
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MacArthur scores win with BPU action

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) applauded the state Board of Public Utilities (BPU) order mandating utility companies to pass any savings from the new federal tax law onto consumers. MacArthur called on the BPU to do exactly that a week earlier in a letter to the commissioners. "Make no mistake, this savings on utility bills is a direct result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and will mean even more
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Group seeks undercover interns in MacArthur office

An attempt to infiltrate the office of a Republican congressman to New Jersey with undercover interns is under fire from the target of their efforts, Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River). MacArthur released a post from a private Facebook group, Action Together Burlington County, that was recruiting activists to seek an internship in MacArthur’s congressional office. Kelly Brennan Clark, who created the initial Facebook post, is a former Democratic candidate for
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MacArthur echos Trump pitch for bi-partisanship

Rep. Tom MaArthur (R-Toms River) says that he supports President Trump's call for greater bi-partisanship on major issues. "I echo the President’s call for more bipartisanship on the big issues facing our nation. Republicans and Democrats must be willing to trust one another and compromise more in order to achieve results that the American people deserve," MacArthur said.  "Both parties have the same goal of wanting to improve the lives
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Kim raising money off Ryan involvement

Both parties use trackers as a component of series modern-day political campaigns, but former Obama White House staffer Andy Kim – a policy wonk mounting his first bid for office – might not know that. “Our opponent Tom MacArthur is already sending operatives to record Andy at our events,” said Kim campaign manager Zack Carroll in a fundraising appeal. “This is a common Republican tactic, but it usually doesn't start
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Another good T-Mac move

Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) says that public utility companies should pass any savings they get from the new tax law on to their customers.  This is good politics from a Republican congressman who understands that he’s facing a potentially tough campaign against a former Obama White House staff in what will likely be a favorable election year for Democrats. In a letter to the New Jersey Board of Public
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YouTube guy helping Kim

Geoff Ginter, a medical assistant from Pine Beach who became a YouTube sensation of sorts when he took on Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Toms River) at a Town Hall meeting, is now fundraising for Democrat Andy Kim. “Tens of millions of people watched my confrontation with Republican Congressman Tom MacArthur. But not only did Tom MacArthur ignore us -- he led the charge for TrumpCare,” Ginter wrote. “His ‘MacArthur amendment’ gutted