By Dom Giordano

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dom Giordano spoke with Tom MacArthur, who is running for the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s Third District, on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.

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MacArthur, who is running against Steve Lonegan, said he is the real conservative in the race.

“Our records as mayors is totally different. Steve talks about being a conservative but he delivered anything but conservative results as a mayor. He raised taxes nine times, increased operating expenses dramatically, 25 percent, and I think, worst of all, he couldn’t balance his budget. He was bailed out by the state six times. That’s not conservative governance. He was incapable of delivering good results.”

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He believes it is time for New Jersey Republicans to move on from Steve Lonegan after a number of failed bids for office.

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“It’s clear. Steve Lonegan has had his turn. He’s been rejected by voters time and again. In the end, that’s the only endorsement that really matters. The voters don’t want him. The party organization doesn’t want him. The only that wants him are the Democrats.”

MacArthur asserted that he is the more electable candidate that will also be able to function once in office.

“What repels voters about Steve is his angry, toxic style. He’s callous. I don’t think that can win in this district and I don’t think that’s what people want. We need people in Washington who can get things done.”

He said he is able to apply his values to everyday situations; something Lonegan is incapable of doing.

“I’ve taken my conservative positions and been able to find a way to get things done with people. I think the problem with Steve is just he’s angry and caustic all the time and can’t work with other people. We don’t need more of that in Washington.”

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