Local activists rally outside to vote no

Local activists rally outside district offices of U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo on Wednesday evening in Mays Landing to urge him to vote no on the GOP repeal bill, which he announced he would do.

MAYS LANDING — Local politicians and congressional candidates will headline a rally in front of South Jersey Congressman Frank LoBiondo’s office Monday to protest the Republican-backed tax bill that is making its way through Congress.

The rally, hosted by the grassroots group Action Together New Jersey, will begin 11 a.m. Monday outside LoBiondo’s Mays Landing office and will feature Atlantic County freeholder-elect Caren Fitzpatrick and South Jersey Democratic congressional candidates Tanzie Youngblood and Sean Thom.

LoBiondo, a Republican, voted against the tax plan when it passed the House of Representatives, saying it would negatively affect residents in South Jersey.

“When the House tax reform legislation was introduced, I said my support was dependent on preserving key deductions critical to taxpayers in my high-tax state of New Jersey,” LoBiondo said after voting against the bill. “As hard-working South Jersey residents already face excessive taxes from Trenton, I cannot support compounding the financial burden by eliminating their state and local income tax deductions, capping their property tax deductions and removing deductions for medical or education expenses. While I support reforming and simplifying the tax code, my no vote today was in the best interest of my constituents.”

LoBiondo could not be reached for comment about the rally, which is part of a bigger effort around the state to protest in front of every Republican congressional office regarding the tax bill. He will be in Washington tomorrow for an unrelated voting session, according to a spokesperson.

Youngblood and Thom will face off against state Senator Jeff Van Drew in the Democratic primary for a chance to win LoBiondo’s seat.

LoBiondo announced last month he will not seek re-election in 2018. No Republicans have declared their candidacy yet for the open seat.

The House of Representatives and the Senate will meet in the coming weeks to try and come up with a compromise tax bill. Each chamber has already passed their own versions.

If they do, both chambers will have to vote on the compromised bill before it can be signed by President Donald Trump.

Contact: 609-272-7260 JDeRosier@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressDeRosier

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