NEW JERSEY — A New Jersey state lawmaker said on Wednesday that he will no longer hold town hall meeting over healthcare issues.
State Sen. David Perdue told NJ Advance Media that he intends to take the matter up with the state Assembly Speaker, who has said he would not hold a town hall over the issue.
“This is the most important issue for my constituents, so I will be making a decision in the next few weeks,” Perdue said.
Perdue, who is a Republican and the longest-serving state legislator in New Jersey history, was the only lawmaker in the Assembly to vote against the legislation that would have forced people with pre-existing conditions to purchase coverage.
A majority of New Jersey’s legislators, including Democratic Gov.
Chris Christie, opposed the legislation, which passed by a razor-thin margin in the state Senate last week.
Perdue had previously criticized the legislation as discriminatory against people with preexisting conditions, and the Assembly majority leader has said that the legislation will likely be ruled unconstitutional.
Percome’s comments came hours after the governor’s office issued a statement saying that Perdue intends to hold town halls on healthcare issues in the coming weeks.
Performances by Gov.
Phil Murphy, who led the legislative fight to defeat the legislation in the Senate, included an anti-Trump song.