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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur’s Leadership During Shutdown

January 22, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Tom MacArthur continued to the show real leadership in Washington during the government shutdown, joining a bipartisan group of Members of Congress in voting to keep the government open, asking for his salary to be withheld, cosponsoring legislation that would ensure our troops still get paid and politicians do not, urging New Jersey’s Senators to vote to reopen the government, laying out a bipartisan path forward, and speaking with Ocean and Burlington County’s sheriffs about the shutdown’s impact on law enforcement in South Jersey. Instead of playing politics, Congressman MacArthur rolled up his sleeves and went to work to find a solution for his constituents.


January 18

Before the vote, Congressman MacArthur spoke out against shutting down the government for any reason.

MacArthur joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in voting to fund CHIP and keep the government open.


January 20

Immediately after the shutdown took effect, Congressman MacArthur wrote a letter to Congress’s Chief Administrative Officer asking for his salary to be withheld.

On a bipartisan conference call with New Jersey’s federal delegation, hosted by Governor Murphy, Congressman MacArthur encouraged Senators Menendez and Booker to put politics aside and vote to reopen the government.


January 21

Congressman MacArthur announced he would be cosponsoring the Pay Our Protectors, Not Our Politicians Act. This legislation will ensure service men and women continue to get a paycheck while prohibiting Members of Congress from receiving a salary during the government shutdown. 

Congressman MacArthur proposed a bipartisan deal to end the shutdown.

Congressman MacArthur spoke with Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield and Ocean County Sheriff Mike Mastronardy about the impacts of the shutdown for local law enforcement.


January 22

Congressman MacArthur reiterated his call for Senators Menendez and Booker to put politics aside and join the bipartisan group of Senators voting to reopen the federal government, saying “Not only is it the right thing to do, but our troops and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst are counting on them.”

Congressman Tom MacArthur spoke with JB MDL Base Commander Col. Neil Richardson on the impact of the shutdown and CRs on future planning. 

Congressman MacArthur joined a group of bipartisan Members of Congress in voting to reopen the federal government, funding CHIP and our military.