Martin Weber Files for GOP Primary Run Against MacArthur

Mar 28, 2018

Barnegat Township resident Martin Weber has filed to run in the Republican primary against Congressman Tom MacArthur in the 3rd District. The district serves 36 communities in Burlington County and 17 in Ocean County, including Barnegat, Ocean and Lacey townships and the western part of Stafford Township. MacArthur was first elected in 2014 and won re-election in 2016.

“The deadline to file for the primary is Monday (April 2), and so far, I’m the only Republican opposing him,” said Weber, who turns 54 on Friday.

Last year, Weber had been contemplating running; his mind was made up when he lost his best friend and business partner to bladder cancer.

“He (Jeff Poissant) kept telling me, ‘You have to run against MacArthur,’” said Weber. “He was only 56 when he passed away in November.”

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.

“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. 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 that instead of the VA, there should be a system in place that would enable veterans to get care at any doctor or hospital of their choice.

“At the end of their service, they should be given something similar to a Blue Cross card,” said Weber. “ Imagine how much money could be saved if the VA was shut down.”

Weber said his platform will also stress term limits. If what he advocates had been in place, MacArthur would not be permitted to run.

“In 1947, Congress voted to limit the president to two terms, fearing that anything longer could lead to corruption,” he said. “It should be the same for our U.S. senators and Congress members. You have people serving for more than 30 years, and some for more than 40 years. That’s way too long. After a while, there’s not much incentive to do your job.”

— Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

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