January 18, 2017 | Number of The Day
Number of evening vigils planned tonight to oppose repeal of ACA

Today is a “day of action” for several groups that oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. It begins with a noon press conference at the State House, with Citizen’s Action, Main Street Alliance, Planned Parenthood, the Unitarian church, and a number of unions and others.

The groups are urging activists to join them at a series of vigils at the offices of the state’s Republican congressmen from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The gatherings will be held in Morristown, Westfield, Flemington, May’s Landing, Marlton, Toms River, and Freehold.

Tom MacArthur is the only one of the five Republican members of New Jersey’s delegation to the House of Representatives to vote against the initial repeal of Obamacare. He represents the state’s 3rd District, which spans parts of Ocean and Burlington counties and is considered a swing district, with more registered Democrats than Republicans. MacArthur said he wanted to see a replacement for the bill before he voted to repeal the ACA. Citizen’s Action is also encouraging those who support the ACA to send messages to all of New Jersey’s Republican congressmen.