Booker Calls out CD3’s MacArthur; T-Mac Issues Challenge To Dems

NEWARK – Excoriating President Donald J. Trump’s tax bill at a press conference this afternoon at One Gateway Center, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) lingered on an unnamed New Jersey colleague on the other side of the aisle.

“It’s a sledgehammer to the state’s economic kneecaps,” said Booker.

He noted that almost everyone in the New Jersey Congressional Delegation – on both sides of the aisle – opposes Trump’s tax plan.

“Everyone with the exception of one congressman, who should be held to account,” said the junior Senator from New Jersey.

That congressman is U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-3), who voted aye on the bill, and circulates as a potential future statewide candidate for office.

All indications are that MacArthur will run for reelection next year and not for the U.S. Senate against Booker’s colleague, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

New Jersey Republican Committee Chairman Doug Steinhardt today told InsiderNJ that his understanding – after having spoken to all the incumbent Republican Congressmen – is that they’re running again in 2018, with the exception of U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-2), who last month announced his retirement at the end of his current term.

 MacArthur issued his own challenge to Booker, Menendez, and Murphy, saying in a statement: “I invite you to come explain to the middle-class family in Toms River, who would see a $1,000 tax cut, why you believe the government deserves their money more than they do. You criticize Republicans for fear-mongering, divisiveness, and spreading mistruths, yet you are engaging in the same exact behavior as it relates to tax reform. It’s not right when Republicans do it, and it’s not right when you do it either.”
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