Barnegat Leader

Barnegat Resident Martin Weber to Run Against MacArthur

Jan 26, 2018

When Martin Weber lost his best friend and business partner late last year to bladder cancer, he thought the best way to honor his memory was to run in the Republican primary against Congressman Tom MacArthur in the 3rd District.

“I’m going to beat him,” said the 53-year-old Barnegat Township resident. “I’m very confident of that.”

The district serves 36 communities in Burlington County and 17 in Ocean County, including Barnegat, Stafford, Ocean and Lacey townships. MacArthur was first elected in 2014 and won re-election in 2016.

Weber said he quickly collected the 200 signatures required to file for the primary.

“I’m looking to get 2,000,” he said. “Soon, I will formally announce my campaign along with my campaign manager and staff.”

He said his partner, Jeff Poissant, died Nov. 5 at age 56.

“The veterans are not getting the care they deserve,” said Weber, a former Barnegat Township Volunteer First Aid Squad captain. “The congressman is supposed to be the first person you contact when you need assistance from the VA (Veterans Administration), but we hardly got any help at all. On the day Jeff died, the VA called to confirm an appointment for him for Dec. 22.”

Poissant enlisted in the Army in 1985, and became a helicopter crew chief while stationed in Germany. More than 25 years ago, Poissant and Weber founded the YoBuck landscaping company.

Weber said he was interested in running for the Barnegat Township Committee in 2018, but held off and redirected his goal to run for Congress. He unsuccessfully ran for a committee seat in 2000.

“As he was dying, Jeff said he wanted me to beat MacArthur,” said Weber. “I think if Jeff had gotten better care through the VA, he might still be with us today. There is so much red tape and I want to change this for all those soldiers who proudly served us today. This will be the main point of my platform.”

Weber said another part of his platform will be term limits. If what he advocates had been in place, MacArthur would not be running.

“The president is limited to two terms,” he said. “It should be the same for our U.S. senators and Congress members.”  —E.E.

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