Big hat tip of thanks to New Jersey Citizen Action, which is doing much of the work and partnering for the organized resistance against the Republican vow to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Please check out the rallies below and come if you can; we stood this down the first time, and it’s coming back around.
This week we see that the GOP’s next assault may center around NJ03’s Rep. Tom MacArthur, co-chair of the centrist Tuesday Group. There’s no official membership list for the Tuesday Group caucus, but besides MacArthur’s co-leadership, GOP congressmen Leonard Lance (NJ07), Frank LoBiondo (NJ02) and Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ11) have all been publicly identified as members in media reports. In last months’s defeat of ‘TrumpRyancare, New Jersey made some news; 80% (4 out of 5) of our Republicans pulled out of the deal. Only MacArthur stuck to the failing plan. Now MacArthur’s Tuesday Group appears to be nearing a deal with the rightwing Freedom Caucus (more on this from Bill). This, as Trump is threatening to blow up the individual health care market.
There’s no question Frelinghuysen, Smith, LoBiondo and Lance felt the heat of your showing up at their door ready to fight for the ACA. We won’t let up.
There will be rallies/vigils outside the Congressional offices of Frelinghuysen, Lance, LoBiondo, MacArthur and Smith on Wednesday, April 26 from 4:30 – 6:30pm. Those who can will gather early at 3:30pm to send a delegation into each office to speak to staff and deliver a letter.
Morristown – Frelinghuysen (map & address)
Westfield – Lance (map & address)
Flemington ** – Lance (map & address)
Mays Landing – LoBiondo (map & address) No early delegation here, meet at 4:30pm
Marlton – MacArthur (map & address)
Toms River – MacArthur (map & address)
Freehold – Smith (map & address)
** For Flemington vigil, park at Stop & Shop on Rt. 31 (334 Route 31), a shuttle van will transport people to the Flemington rally