MT. LAUREL – Conceding a tough-fought loss in South Jersey’s third congressional district, Democratic hopeful Aimee Beglard issued a statement tonight thanking her supporters and looking ahead to the future.
“Despite the outcome tonight, I’m so proud of the race we ran because we stood for what we believe in and I know that our message will push issues to the forefront that will strengthen America.
“The fight for equal pay is not over, women making 78 cents on the dollar is not acceptable and we must and will continue our advocacy for the Paycheck Fairness Act.
“Countless issues will continue to need our voice from raising the federal minimum wage, ensuring that our joint base continues to be a vital piece of America’s national security, making sure our veterans receive the healthcare and benefits that they deserve, and protecting Social Security and Medicare.
“I am deeply grateful to everyone who worked so hard on this campaign and I am forever humbled by their support,” the Burlington County Freeholder said.
Tonight marks the end of a contentious contest between the two candidates, one that was pegged early on as a race-to-watch in the state. Republican Tom MacArthur ultimately pulled big numbers out of Ocean County, the district’s more conservative half, finishing with 58.47 percent of the vote.to Belgard’s 39.03 percent.
MacArthur declared his victory at the TR Hotel in Toms River.