LoBiondo Says He’ll Vote for Pence, Not Trump or Clinton, for President

Oct 12, 2016
U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (N.J.-2nd)

Congressman Frank LoBiondo, whose district includes all of Southern Ocean County save the western half of Stafford Township and all of Barnegat Township, has joined the growing list of GOP leaders who have rejected the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump. LoBiondo released a strongly worded statement on Saturday, the day after the Washington Post released an 11-year-old video that showed Trump bragging about kissing and groping women and trying to bed the married co-host of “Access Hollywood.”

“Saying this election has been incredibly disappointing is an understatement,” began the statement. “It never had to be this way. We should be debating the issues that affect our nation’s future. Instead we have two horribly flawed choices. It is clear that neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton can unify a deeply divided country.

“I have repeatedly and strongly spoken out against Mr. Trump when he degrades and insults women, minority groups and Gold Star families. I will not vote for a candidate who boasts of sexual assault. It is my conclusion that Mr. Trump is unfit to be President.

“Similarly Secretary Clinton’s dishonorable actions – flagrantly ignoring federal laws, repeated failures in judgment on critical foreign policy and national security decisions, and intentionally lying to Congress and the American people – have disqualified her.

“I cannot support and will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to be President of the United States. I will write in Governor Mike Pence for President.”

The SandPaper made repeated efforts to contact Congressman Tom MacArthur, who represents a district that includes part of Stafford Township and all of Barnegat Township, to ascertain his position on Trump. It had been reported in other publications that he had endorsed Trump earlier this campaign season. The emails and messages sent to his campaign office received no response. —R.M.

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