GOP Rep. Tom MacArthur holds in-person town hall event in Ocean County

Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur holds an in-person town hall event in Waretown after only holding telephone conferences.

Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur holds an in-person town hall event in Waretown after only holding telephone conferences. (3/6/17)

WARETOWN - New Jersey Republican U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur held an in-person town hall meeting Monday after earlier sticking with telephone meetings only.

It was the first in-person meeting MacArthur has held due to concerns about protesters opposed to policies put into place by President Donald Trump.

MacArthur, whose district includes parts of Ocean and Burlington counties, voted against a measure aimed at paving the way for the Republican-led Congress to repeal the health care law.

The congressman took questions on several domestic issues including the EPA, education, health care and gun control.

He also spoke about the alleged ties between the Trump administration and Russia.

“Vladimir Putin is a thug. We all know that, he is a thug,” MacArthur said. “The day may come when an independent investigation is appropriate.  I don't think that day has come yet.”

MacArthur said he believes that there was Russian interference in the presidential election and he believes the investigations both at the FBI and on Capitol Hill should be able to take their course.

There was a small group of demonstrators outside the meeting with people both supporting the congressman and those who objected to his viewpoints.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

News 12 asked residents what they thought about 1 Westchester Talks Trump: First 100 days
News 12 asked viewers what they thought about 2 Hudson Valley Talks Trump: First 100 days
3 New Jersey Sportscast, April 28
St. Joseph High School student Matthew Hall visited 4 Teen battling cancer thanks medical team as he prepares to attend prom
Trent Powers was made an honorary FBI agent. 5 3-year-old boy made FBI agent for the day

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Protesters gather outside a town hall meeting held Hundreds gather at Republican Rep. Lance town hall in Branchburg

Hundreds of protesters and constituents crowded Republican New Jersey Rep. Leonard Lance's town hall meeting

Two New Jersey congressmen say working across the NJ congressmen say bipartisan work is best for the country

Two New Jersey congressmen from opposite parties say that a historic division on Capitol Hill

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.