Letter submitted by 104 local elected leaders in NJ’s third congressional district.
To the editor,
As elected officials, we have a responsibility to be honest with those we represent, many of whom are seniors. In fact, we are all seniors, or pretty close to it, and we are simply fed up with the negative, false campaign Andy Kim and his allies are running. Every day, residents mention the negative attacks against Congressman Tom MacArthur that are flooding their mailboxes and airwaves, and we want to take this opportunity to set the record straight.
Mr. Kim and his supporters continue to falsely attack Congressman MacArthur, saying that he voted for an “age tax”. Independent fact-checkers at PolitiFact recently judged these attacks as not true. They also pointed out that the so-called “age tax” in these ads doesn’t refer to a tax at all and has nothing to do with those on Medicare or those who get their health insurance through their employer. Mr. Kim and his allies completely ignore the fact that our Congressman has been a leader in trying to reduce out-of-control healthcare costs, which have been largely caused by the Affordable Care Act, which Mr. Kim supports. These “age tax” attacks are a scare tactic, plain and simple, and Andy Kim ought to be ashamed of himself for pushing this false claim.
Contrary to the lies Mr. Kim and his allies continue to push, Congressman MacArthur led the fight in Congress to cut federal taxes for seniors. Tom voted to double the standard deduction, which many seniors take when they file their taxes, and he supported an additional standard deduction of $1,300 for those who are over the age of 65. He also successfully made the medical expense tax deduction more generous. That’s real money back in our pockets.
While Mr. Kim supported a $700 billion dollar cut to Medicare and even supports a plan that could eliminate Medicare Part D, our Congressman was named a “Champion of Medicare” by the Coalition for Medicare Choices – and for good reason. He always votes to protect Medicare and Social Security. Tom’s bill, the SENIOR Communities Protection Act, which cracks down on criminals who defraud Medicare to flood our communities with drugs and misuse Medicare dollars meant for seniors, just passed through Congress and will soon be signed into law. He’s worked with Democrats and the President to bring millions of new Medicare dollars per year to Deborah Heart and Lung Center, so they can continue to provide world-class care to South Jersey seniors.
Tom also worked with both Democrats and Republicans to increase funding to prevent elder abuse. And in the three years he’s been in Congress, Congressman MacArthur and his office have an incredible reputation for helping those who reach out for assistance. We know this because he has helped our families, friends, and neighbors – and even some of us.
Congressman MacArthur is not afraid to work across the aisle to get things done for our district. It’s why he was again named in the top ten percent of bipartisan lawmakers in Congress, by the nonpartisan Lugar Center. We know Tom. He’s there for us and we are there for him. The undersigned will be working tirelessly to spread the word about Tom’s accomplishments for older constituents like us. We encourage Mr. Kim to drop the negativity and lies. We have been around a while and we can see right through it.
Signed by 104 elected officials from Burlington and Ocean Counties over the age of 55:
Councilman Gerald LaCrosse, Beachwood; Councilman William Cairns, Beachwood; Councilwoman Beverly Clayton, Beachwood; Councilman Edward Zakar, Beachwood; Councilman Gregory Feney, Beachwood; Councilman Jim Fozman, Brick; Mayor Paul Kennedy, Ocean Gate; Councilwoman Joella Nicastro, Ocean Gate; Councilman Bruce Cox, Ocean Gate; Councilman David Kendrik, Ocean Gate; Councilman John Serpica, Ocean Gate; Mayor Lawrence Cuneo, Pine Beach; Councilwoman Susan Coletti, Pine Beach; Councilman Robert Budesa, Pine Beach; Councilman Barry Wieck, Pine Beach; Councilman Raymond Newman, Pine Beach; Mayor Oscar Cradle, Sr., South Toms River; Councilman Kevin McCormack, South Toms River; Councilman Sandford Ross, South Toms River; Mayor John Spodofora, Stafford; Councilman Paul Marchal, Stafford; Councilman Raymond Fix, Stafford; Councilman Stephen Fessler, Stafford; Councilman Alan Smith, Stafford; Mayor Frank Caputo, Barnegat; Deputy Mayor Alfonso Cirulli, Barnegat; Committeman Joseph Lopes, Barnegat; Committeman John Novak, Barnegat; Councilwoman Judith Noonan, Berkeley; Councilman John Bacchione, Berkeley; Councilwoman Sophia Gingrich, Berkeley; Councilman James Byrnes, Berkeley; Councilman Stephen Berglund, Island Heights; Mayor Nick Juliano, Lacey; Committeeman Gary Quinn, Lacey; Committeeman Tim McDonald, Lacey; Councilwoman Anita Zalom, Lavallette; Councilwoman Joanne Filippone, Lavallette; Councilman David Finter, Lavallette; Mayor Walter LaCicero, Lavallette; Councilman James Borowski, Lavallette; Mayor Robert Sabosik, Point Pleasant; Councilman Joseph Furmato, Point Pleasant; Councilman John Wisniewski, Point Pleasant; Councilwoman Antoinette DePaola, Point Pleasant; Mayor Anthony Vaz, Seaside Heights; Councilman Michael Carbone, Seaside Heights; Councilman Richard Tompkins, Seaside Heights; Councilman Louis DiGuilio, Seaside Heights; Councilwoman Agnes Polhemus, Seaside Heights; Mayor Robert Mathies, Seaside Park; Councilman Ray Amabile, Seaside Park; Councilman William Kraft, Seaside Park; Councilwoman Faith Liguori, Seaside Park; Councilman Fritz McHugh, Seaside Park; Councilwoman Gail Coleman, Seaside Park; Councilman Lance White, Mantoloking; Mayor Daniel Collamer, Waretown; Committeeman Ken Baulderstone, Waretown; Mayor Tom Kelaher, Toms River; Councilwoman Maria Maruca, Toms River; Councilman Brian Kubiel, Toms River; Councilman Mo Hill, Toms River; Councilman George Wittmann, Toms River; Senator Christopher Connors, LD9; Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove, LD9; Senator James Holzapfel, LD10; Assemblyman David Wolfe, LD10; Assemblyman Greg McGuckin, LD10; Senator Robert Singer, LD30; Assemblyman Sean Kean, LD30; Assemplyman Edward Thomson, LD30; Freeholder Director Gerry Little, Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Freeholder Joseph Vicari, Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Freeholder Virginia Haines, Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Freeholder John “Jack” Kelly, Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders; Councilman Robert Thibault, Beverly; Councilman Mark Schwedes, Beverly; Committeeman Samuel Davis, Chesterfield; Mayor Kate Fitzpatrick, Delanco; Committeeman Bob Dovey, Delanco; Councilman John Adams, Eastampton; Councilman Paul Ostrander, Florence; Mayor Frank Masciocchi, Hainesport; Deputy Mayor Leila Gilmore, Hainesport; Committeeman Ted Costa, Hainesport; Councilman Robert DiEnna, Marlton; Mayor Robert Higgins, Mansfield; Committeeman Frederick Cain, Mansfield; Committeewoman Janice DiGiuseppe, Mansfield; Councilman Gary Miller, Medford Lakes; Councilman Mike Locatell, Moorestown; Mayor Dennis Roohr, New Hanover; Mayor Suzanne Cairns Wells, Riverton; Mayor Denis McDaniel, Springfield; Deputy Mayor Anthony Marinello, Springfield; Councilman Peter Sobotka, Springfield; Councilman Tim Quinlan, Pemberton Borough; Mayor Harold Griffin, Pemberton Borough; Mayor Michael Di Croce, Shamong; Committeeman Ronald Heston, Southampton; Mayor James Young, Sr., Southampton; Senator Dawn Addiego, LD8; Assemblyman Joe Howarth, LD8; Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, LD12