New Jersey Republican congressman gets earful at town hall

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Protesters and constituents crowded New Jersey Republican Rep. Leonard Lance’s town hall meeting, at times shouting and booing.

Questioners pressed the GOP lawmaker on funding for women’s health, Congress’ investigation into Russia’s involvement into the U.S. election and the possible border wall with Mexico.

Some of the loudest booing came when Lance said he supported prohibiting federal funding for abortions. One questioner who called for Lance to put country over party got a loud standing ovation.

Lance is one of five Republicans representing New Jersey in Congress and is the only one to hold an in-person town hall. Rep. Tom MacArthur recently held a telephone town hall and this week met with Democrats in his district.

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Several in the audience shouted “let him speak,” when Lance was interrupted by boos and jeers.

Pickets carrying signs reading “Resist Trump” and other slogans staged a rally outside Raritan Valley Community College where the town hall was held


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