Our coverage of New Jersey's primary next Tuesday, in which one Senator and all twelve members of the House of Representatives will be elected, continues with the Legislative District 3 candidates for House of Representatives. For other coverage see the index here, which will be expanded as articles are added.
District 3 includes most of Burlington County and that part of eastern Ocean County not covered in the first two districts. Portions of Camden County which were once part of this district have been moved to District 1. Incumbent Republican Jon Runyan, former Philadelphia football player, is not running for re-election.
There is a very familiar name in the race: former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, conservative Republican most recently ran against Cory Booker in last year's special Senatorial election. He previously ran against Governor Christie in the 2009 Republican Gubernatorial primary, and represents a conservative "Tea Party" viewpoint. Because of his Senate bid last year, those positions are already well covered in previous articles.
Tom MacArthur is running against him in the Republican primary. He worked his way up to Mayor of Randolph Township. His fiscal credentials are impressive, helping maintain his town's triple-A bond rating from his experience as CEO of York Risk Services Group, an insurance company. He intends to reduce Federal spending and taxes, and has a better record on that than Lonegan. He is more moderate on other issues, wanting to protect Social Security and Medicare, but to repeal Obamacare, defend traditional marriage, and oppose abortion. He wants to strengthen the military, following Reagan's concept of peace through strength.
The Democratic race includes a woman, Aimee Belgard, lawyer, member of the Edgewater Park Township Committee, volunteer with many organizations presently working with the Burlington County Freeholders. She defends Social Security and Medicare, women's health care decisions (implying but not stating abortion), and the environment, promises to revitalize New Jersey's economy and expand educational opportunities, and protect veteran benefits. She seems to oppose the shutdown of New Jersey military bases because of its economic impact, but does not say whether that should be reversed. She has the endorsement of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Burlington County democratic party.
She is opposed by two candidates, the first Howard Kleinhendler, a New York lawyer and member of the Ocean County Democratic Committee. He believes that Obamacare is good but needs to be improved, that tax loopholes for corporations should be closed, and that "undocumented workers", that is, illegal immigrants, should receive amnesty. He also wants to improve veterans benefits, Hurricane Sandy rebuilding aid, and public education, protect the environment, and support women's rights and specifically "reproductive rights".
The final candidate in the Democratic race is Bruce Todd, who ran as Lieutenant Governor running mate of Diane Sare last year as the candidate of the "Glass-Steagall Now" party. Restoring the "Glass-Steagall" provisions which restricted affiliations between banks and securities firms (repealed in 1999) is his first issue. His second is to impeach President Obama, and his third is to invest in Nuclear power. He is not particularly aligned with the party on those issues, and he does not address other issues in his materials.