Republican Tom MacArthur has won New Jersey’s most closely watched and expensive U.S. House race, defeating Democrat Aimee Belgard.
The 3rd District seat was open as Republican Jon Runyan decided not to seek re-election after serving two terms.
National Democratic groups saw the race in a district stretching from the Philadelphia suburbs to the shore as one of their party’s best chances nationwide to pick up a House seat held by a Republican.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ran ads blasting MacArthur, a retired insurance executive, as someone who profited from disasters.
In a largely self-funded campaign, MacArthur responded with ads critical of Belgard as untrustworthy.
MacArthur is the former mayor of the northern New Jersey town of Randolph. Belgard is a Burlington County freeholder. [MacArthur served as chairman and CEO of York Risk Services Group Inc. from 1999 to 2010.]
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