May 21, 2016 11:09 PM
New Jersey Congressman lends NHGOP a helping hand
NH1 News Political Director
PELHAM – Rep. Tom MacArthur’s back in New Hampshire, but this time he’s not campaigning for a presidential candidate but rather the New Hampshire Republican Party.
MacArthur, who represents New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District, was in New Hampshire in early February, stumping for fellow Garden State Republican Gov. Chris Christie, in the days prior to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.
This time the congressman, who’s had family in the Granite State for more than 35 years, came back to help out the NHGOP.
“The party asked if I could come up and help them with a little bit of grassroots work and party building and I’m happy to do it,” MacArthur told NH1 News.
The congressman spoke at grassroots organizing events for the Goffstown, Pelham, and Hudson GOP. He was accompanied by NHGOP Vice Chairman Matt Mayberry.
Christie’s now one of the top surrogates for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Asked if he’s supporting Trump, MacArthur responded “I’ve said all along that we need to rally around our party’s nominee and that’s clearly Donald Trump and we need to come together.”
But the congressman added “I’m focused on my own race. I haven’t decided what I’ll do in terms of campaigning outside of that but I do believe that we need to rally around our nominee.
While he’s running for re-election this year, MacArthur isn’t ruling out a run for governor in 2017.
“I’ve learned never say never, but I’m focused right now on serving the people of south Jersey in Congress and we have a lot of work to do. I’m very focused on national defense issues and economic issues,” he said.
MacArthur’s a member of The Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic, which was founded by New Hampshire’s two U.S. House members, Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster and Republican Rep. Frank Guinta.
“Unfortunately New Jersey has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the country,” MacArthur said.
“It’s really a crisis. A good friend of mine lost his son to an overdose,” he added.