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About 120 people participated at the height of a demonstration Thursday urging U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo to protect Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.

MAYS LANDING — Demonstrators gathered Thursday evening outside the office of U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo on Main Street to urge him to protect Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller from being fired by the Justice Department in the wake of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation.

About 120 people participated at the height of the 5 p.m. demonstration, organizers said.

A spokesman for LoBiondo, R-2nd, said late Thursday night that Congressman LoBiondo has repeatedly said to his constituents who regularly protest his office that he believes special counsel Mueller should be allowed to finish his investigation until its conclusion.

"He (LoBiondo) has reiterated this via his social media accounts for months. Nothing has changed," said Jason Galanes, LoBiondo's chief of staff.

The protest was one of about 900 that took place throughout the country, in places like New York and Philadelphia. The Mays Landing demonstration was organized by Action Together Atlantic County.

Members of the group went indoors to speak with staff members.

“This is not a partisan issue, it is a democracy issue,” said Helen Duda, of Buena Vista Township.

Organizers say the naming of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is a “deliberate attempt to obstruct the special counsel’s investigation.”

Trump asked for Jeff Sessions’ resignation and then replaced him with Whitaker, his chief of staff. Whitaker has criticized Mueller’s probe.

Congressional Democrats have already called on Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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