Rob Romano Apr 15, 2018, 3:54 pmApr 15, 2018, 3:54 pm

New Jerseyans join national march to protest GOP tax plan, reach out to voters

Protesters encourage others to register to vote in hopes of impacting midterm elections

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MAPLEWOOD — President Donald Trump's tax plan prompted many to take to the streets in Union and Essex counties on Sunday.

In Maplewood, protesters marched out of concern that Trump's plan will mean less money for important government social programs.

"To starve important programs like Medicare, social security, school lunch programs, all to give tax breaks to people that don't need it is, to me, morally reprehensible," Cranford resident Michael Rockliff said.

Many hope to spur change through the march by getting people to vote and understand how tax reform may impact New Jerseyans.

"We are handing out voter registration forms, spreading the word about how the tax reform hurts New Jersey and the country," said Amy Higer of Soma Action.

Tax March organizers say the latest plan "will raise taxes for 92 million middle-class families, rip health care away from 13 million people, and threaten life-saving programs — all to give tax breaks to millionaires."

The protest in Maplewood is taking place in New Jersey's 7th congressional district which is represented by Republican Congressman Leonard Lance. Congressman Lance was one of the few Republicans who voted against Trump's tax plan.

Protesters are driving to other nearby towns like Springfield, Millburn, and Westfield to pass out flyers and forms for voter registration.

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