MORRIS COUNTY – Rep. Tom MacArthur (R) of the 3rd congressional district will hold an out-of-district, campaign fundraising reception with special guest Governor Chris Christie and several North Jersey Republican politicians at a private event to be held next week in Boonton.
Congressman Tom MacArthur, who represents most of Ocean and Burlington counties in the US House of Representatives, will hold a private reception with Governor Christie and other prominent Republicans that represent northern New Jersey next Tuesday, according to an event invitation first obtained by Ocean County Politics.
The event will be held in the town of Boonton, with the exact address only being provided to paid attendees of the fundraiser benefitting the congressman’s reelection campaign.
MacArthur, a former mayor of Morris County’s Randolph Township, was dogged by residency allegations in his first congressional campaign, but was able to defeat Steve Lonegan, who also didn’t have any roots in CD3 at the time, in a contentious primary. Earlier in 2016, POLITICO reported that a Rutgers political science professor labeled the 3rd district a “carpetbagger’s paradise” in light of recent trends in current and past campaigns.
Governor Christie, for his part, recently had his court date rescheduled after a municipal court judge found probable cause on a citizen’s complaint of official misconduct for Christie’s alleged role in the “Bridgegate” George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. As we previously reported, several Ocean County politicians, along with longtime Christie ally Deborah Grammicioni, who could soon be Ocean County’s newest judge.
A Morris County Republican whose eyebrows were raised at the prospect of MacArthur’s reliance on political supporters far away from the district he represents in Congress provided a copy of the event invite to OCP on the condition of anonymity.
In the 2016 race, MacArthur will face off against Democrat Frederick LaVergne, of Burlington County.