Just speculating here. What’s Tom MacArthur up to?
His full-throated endorsement and proactive support of the Tea Party’s quest to make health insurance unaffordable goes counter to the wishes of his constituents. So that begs the question: Will TMac run for re-election in 2018, or will he pull a Jon Runyan and move on to something else after two terms?
At one time, I thought he might run for U.S. Senate against Bob Menendez or, if Menendez quits, against another Democrat. But once again, his recent tack even further to the right seem to indicate he has given up on state-wide office in a blue state.
His kowtowing to Trump may indicate that he’s gunning for an appointment in 45’s “administration” – maybe Deputy Undersecretary of Health and Human Services in the Office of Insurance Claim Denials.
Or maybe with his background in insurance, the wealthiest New Jersey congressman will fill his coffers even further as a lobbyist for the insurance industry.
Like Trump, MacArthur is becoming more and more unpopular in this neck of the woods – even among my Republican friends. But he’s a clever and squirrelly guy, and like his mentor Chris Christie, I’m willing to bet that he’s sacrificing serving in his current job while he looks for his next one.
(photo: MacArthur and Runyan)