Republican Congressman Tom MacArthur wins re-election in New Jersey

Tom MacArthur (AP Photo/Mel Evans

Tom MacArthur (AP Photo/Mel Evans

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur has won a second term in Congress in New Jersey’s 3rd district. 

MacArthur beat Democrat Frederick John LaVergne in the district that includes Burlington and Ocean counties.

The former insurance executive first won election after former Philadelphia Eagles football player Jon Runyan retired in 2014.

LaVergne previously ran in the district in 2014 but finished in third place as a third-party candidate.

MacArthur has highlighted his work with Democrats in the politically mixed 3rd District and has been praised by Democratic U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez.

He also had the bigger campaign war chest. Federal records show he spent more than $1 million, while LaVergne raised only $600 for his campaign.

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