MacArthur on ‘carpetbagger’ backlash: ‘I have commitments and roots here’

TOMS RIVER – The CD 3 Republican hopeful who’s been recently racked up screening committee endorsements from Ocean and Burlington counties says attempts by his challengers to paint him as a carpet bagger are misguided.

Tom MacArthur, the former mayor of Randolph, says he’s long been invested in the area that he hopes to represent in Washington. MacArthur recently purchased a Toms River home to advance the CD 3 run to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan.

“I have commitments and roots here,” MacArthur told PolitickerNJ inside the retirement community center in Toms River where Gov. Chris Christie is prepared to host his 112th town hall meeting.

“It’s part of our life,” he said, referring to his wife and their commitment to the district.

“We’re very involved in the community,” MacArthur said.

The couple worked with their church to help start the St. Peter’s Sandy Relief Fund following the devastation of the superstorm and invited people affected by the storm to live in their home for several months, he said.

MacArthur owned a home for eight years in nearby Barnegat Light and says while he understands some of his CD 3 Republican challengers have lived in the district longer, he’s still equally as committed to fighting for the residents on the national level.

The statements at Christie’s latest shore community town hall event comes after MacArthur received the nod of the Ocean and Burlington county screening committees and after GOP officials suggested to PolitickerNJ that the CD 3 race could come down to a floor fight at the upcoming county convention.

MacArthur on ‘carpetbagger’ backlash: ‘I have commitments and roots here’