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Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
United,
by Cory Booker (2016)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
Becoming,
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

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Abortion
    Hirsh Singh: New Jersey should promote a philosophy of life, not death.
    Rik Mehta: Protect unborn children from the moment of conception.
    Hirsh Singh: Eliminate all taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.
    Phil Murphy: Codify woman's full reproductive rights into state law.
    Bob Hugin: Pro-choice, but no late-term abortions unless maternal risk.
    Robert Menendez: Yes affordable contraceptives; no unneeded restrictions.
    Bob Hugin: Against late term abortions unless mother's life is at risk.
    Rich Pezzullo: Opposes using tax dollars for abortions, wants regulations.
    Ray Lesniak: Won landmark case for abortion rights.
    Kim Guadagno: Supports women's healthcare; pro-choice.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Supports ful range of reproductive services.
    Josh Gottheimer: Fight any attempt to get between a woman and her doctor.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Protect women's access to comprehensive reproductive care.
    Jeff Bell: Apply 14th Amendment to the unborn.
    Murray Sabrin: Human life begins at conception.
    Cory Booker: Fix Hobby Lobby: it's not about religious freedom.
    Jeff Bell: Hobby Lobby ruling protects religious freedom.
    Cory Booker: Vigorously defend women's access to affordable birth control.
    Cory Booker: No restrictions before viability; exceptions after viability.
Budget & Economy
    Jack Ciattarelli: Lower property taxes, grow the economy.
    Rik Mehta: Supports a balanced budget amendment.
    Hirsh Singh: The Federal Reserve has caused a lot of damage.
    Hirsh Singh: New Jersey should get more of its tax dollars back.
    Rich Pezzullo: Balance your budget and provide affordable services.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Create state bank to invest in economy.
    Jack Ciattarelli: 5% to 10% reduction in the state government workforce.
    Josh Gottheimer: Invest in R&D and infrastructure, and shrink our debt.
    Jeff Bell: Restore the gold standard.
    Murray Sabrin: Free enterprise is the key to national prosperity.
    Jeff Bell: Fed's zero interest rate policy extends Great Recession.
    Murray Sabrin: Federal Reserve is one big scam.
    Cory Booker: We will not be able to cut our way out of the jobs crisis.
    Jeff Bell: Return to gold-dollar convertibility now.
Civil Rights
    Hirsh Singh: People free to be themselves; don't force it upon us.
    Jack Ciattarelli: Prohibits discrimination & harassment among campaign.
    Stuart Meissner: Supports expansion of Title VI addressing anti-Semitism.
    Bob Hugin: Supports gay marriage.
    Robert Menendez: Supports gay marriage.
    Bob Hugin: Regrets ban on women at 1970s Princeton eating clubs.
    Bob Hugin: My kids taught me to be more tolerant of gays than in 1970s.
    Kim Guadagno: Won't criticize Republican with Confederate flag.
    Kim Guadagno: Comfortable with LGBT but won't criticize ban.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Panel to recommend reparations for African-Americans.
    Josh Gottheimer: Treat everyone equally whatever their sexual orientation.
    Phil Murphy: Strong advocate for equal treatment of LGBTQ community.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Pay disparity has a significant impact on low-income women.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Speak for LGBT rights regardless of the external pressures.
    Jeff Bell: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Murray Sabrin: Government shouldn't redefine marriage.
    Cory Booker: MLK's dream still demands work to do, after 50 years.
    Chris Christie: No same-sex marriage; civil unions are adequate.
    Jack Ciattarelli: No same-sex marriage; civil unions are adequate.
    John Wisniewski: No same-sex marriage; civil unions are adequate.
    Barbara Buono: Replace civil unions with same-sex marriage.
    Ray Lesniak: Replace civil unions with same-sex marriage.
    Richard Codey: Replace civil unions with same-sex marriage.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Replace civil unions with same-sex marriage.
    Jim McGreevey: End racial profiling.
    Donny DiFrancesco: Intolerance for racial profiling.
Corporations
    Phil Murphy: Incentive programs for business need reform.
    Robert Menendez: Keep CFPB Financial Protection; keep Consumer Advisory Board.
    Bob Hugin: As a job creator he'll employ new policies to spur growth.
    Rich Pezzullo: Government shouldn't bail out businesses that can't succeed.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: End estate tax and corporate welfare tax credits.
    Kim Guadagno: Work with businesses to cut state regulations in half.
    Jack Ciattarelli: 10-year phase out of the corporate business tax.
    Chris Christie: $2.3 billion small business tax relief package.
    Cory Booker: Lower corporate tax rate & close loopholes.
    Jeff Bell: Low interest rates favor big businesses over small.
    Cory Booker: Government procurement should promote women-owned business.
Crime
    Hirsh Singh: Supports sending troops into New Jersey to "Protect America".
    Rik Mehta: Lock up violent offenders and throw away the key.
    Chris Christie: Bail reform based on crime, not wealth.
    Chris Christie: Expunge records for less serious crimes.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Use prison for training, not profit.
    Josh Gottheimer: Prison reform for nonviolent offenders.
    Ray Lesniak: Change culture of corrections: limit solitary confinement.
    Chris Christie: De-criminalizing drug use has reduced prisoner population.
    Cory Booker: Real solution to crime is addressing poverty and education.
    Cory Booker: Incarceration isn't working; focus on preventing recidivism.
    Cory Booker: Increase the number of police in all neighborhoods.
    Cory Booker: Cut first responders due to economic downturn.
    Cory Booker: Bipartisan solution to reduce recidivism.
    Robert Menendez: Address roots of gangs via education & empowerment.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Provide prison inmates with vocational & job-related skills.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Co-sponsored bill establishing crime of human trafficking.
    Donny DiFrancesco: More victims’ rights; identify sex offendors.
Drugs
    Rik Mehta: Eliminate aid to socialist governments run on trafficking.
    Hirsh Singh: Regulate and tax cannabis like alcohol.
    Phil Murphy: Legalize adult-use marijuana; undo past convictions.
    Bob Hugin: Decriminalize pot in small amounts but not recreational use.
    Robert Menendez: Give marijuana businesses access to banking services.
    Phil Murphy: Focus on racial justice with marijuana legalization.
    Hirsh Singh: Treat drug addiction as a public health problem.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Legalize and tax recreational marijuana.
    Kim Guadagno: Decriminalization, not legalization.
    Jack Ciattarelli: Drug epidemic should remain a priority.
    Joe Rullo: Make it a living hell for heroin dealers in NJ.
    Phil Murphy: Opioid addiction is an illness, and it is treatable.
    Chris Christie: Addiction is an illness and should be treated as such.
    Chris Christie: Search for innovative ways to address drug epidemic.
    Jim McGreevey: Offer behavioral drug treatment to addicted inmates.
    Jim McGreevey: Transition addicted inmates to outpatient drug treatment.
    Steve Fulop: Transition addicted inmates to outpatient drug treatment.
    Ray Lesniak: Ultimately we'll get legalization but wait for other states.
    Ray Lesniak: Study legalization of recreational cannabis in other states.
    Steve Fulop: Wait for other states to see pro's and con's of legalization.
    Steve Fulop: Study legalization of recreational cannabis in other states.
    Chris Christie: Drug addiction is a disease & it can be treated.
    Cory Booker: The drug war is an abject failure.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Decriminalize marijuana; implement alternative sentencing.
Education
    Hirsh Singh: Empower public, private, home school environments.
    Hirsh Singh: School violence due to political indoctrination, propaganda.
    Rik Mehta: Backs school choice for those locked in failing schools.
    Hirsh Singh: Promote school choice polices at state & local levels.
    Phil Murphy: Tuition-free community college for eligible students.
    Phil Murphy: Invest in pre-K & free community college.
    Bob Hugin: Supports expanded charter schools.
    Robert Menendez: Vouchers drain money from public schools.
    Robert Menendez: Supports making 2 years of community college free.
    Hirsh Singh: Introduce meaningful school choice reform.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Reform districting, moratorium on charter schools.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Cut college tuition, lower interest rates on loans.
    Jack Ciattarelli: Re-balance over-funded vs/ under-funded school districts.
    Kim Guadagno: Merit pay for teachers; school choice for parents.
    Jack Ciattarelli: Limit aid to overfunded school districts.
    Joe Rullo: Stop saddling parents and students with Common Core.
    Joe Rullo: Merge roles of school superintendents and administrators.
    Josh Gottheimer: Emphasize STEM skills to bridge huge skills gap.
    Josh Gottheimer: Take steps to make college more affordable.
    Phil Murphy: Tackle our higher education student debt problem head on.
    Phil Murphy: Focus on STEM to make Silicon Valley in New Jersey.
    Phil Murphy: Reignite NJ science hotbed by focusing on STEM sector.
    Chris Christie: Program for at-risk youths to get them into college.
    Chris Christie: Further de-regulate charter schools.
    Chris Christie: Tenure reform for failing teachers; merit pay for good ones.
    Chris Christie: Choice of schools to meet child's needs.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Strong public school system is critical.
    Jeff Bell: End federal involvement in education.
    Murray Sabrin: Oppose nationwide Common Core standards.
    Cory Booker: Ensure that college tuition is not a long-term burden.
    Cory Booker: Pre-school for 3-year-olds; more teacher empowerment.
    Cory Booker: Fundamental right to high quality public education.
    Cory Booker: Newark Workshops got $1.3M in Pell Grants.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Supports voluntary prayer in public schools.
    Jim McGreevey: Supports back-to-basics and tougher standards.
Energy & Oil
    Hirsh Singh: Against switch over to high-risk energy systems.
    Jack Ciattarelli: Should accelerate use of natural gas, not phase it out.
    Stuart Meissner: Climate change real, but response must be joint effort.
    Phil Murphy: 100% clean energy economy by 2050.
    Phil Murphy: Wind farm smarter than drilling for oil.
    Bob Hugin: Climate change is human-caused, but Paris Accord is unfair.
    Robert Menendez: World must cut greenhouse gas emissions, or reject science.
    Bob Hugin: Energy independence: solar & wind, plus domestic oil & gas.
    Phil Murphy: Protect our precious Jersey Shore from offshore drilling.
    Rich Pezzullo: Keep energy costs low by opposing radical Green agenda.
    Kim Guadagno: Favor wind turbines on Jersey coast.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Put NJ back on track on climate change.
    Joe Rullo: Repeal the 23-cent gas tax.
    Phil Murphy: Raise gas tax to renew Transportation Trust Fund.
    Phil Murphy: It stinks, but raise the gas tax to fund transportation.
    Steve Fulop: Gas tax is essentially a user fee for motorists.
    Steve Fulop: Variable rate gas tax with automatic inflation increase.
    Joe Kyrillos: Don't require disclosure of renewables on electric bills.
    Ray Lesniak: Require disclosure of renewables on electric bills.
    Richard Codey: Require disclosure of renewables on electric bills.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Don't require disclosure of renewables on electric bills.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Common-sense, sustainable solar & wind.
    Jeff Bell: No subsidies for wind and solar.
    Murray Sabrin: No subsidies for wind and solar.
    Cory Booker: Sustainability programs: slow growth of carbon footprint.
    Cory Booker: Eliminate unfair subsidies for oil and ga.
Environment
    Jack Ciattarelli: Will be a green governor; safe, clean water imperative.
    Bob Hugin: Protect our environment in a way that's fair to businesses.
    Robert Menendez: Don't let the EPA get undermined.
    Bob Hugin: More work is needed for safe, clean environment.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Energy construction should look to future, not past.
    Phil Murphy: Commit to protecting shores with long-term enviro plan.
    Phil Murphy: Long-term planning via Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
    Chris Christie: Develop Liberty State Park to generate more revenue.
    Stephen Sweeney: Stall development of Liberty State Park until Christie gone.
    Steve Fulop: Stall development of Liberty State Park until Christie gone.
    Ray Lesniak: Ban baiting of deer and bear during hunting.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Protect open space and natural wildlife habitats.
    Cory Booker: Green space; green housing; green jobs.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Fund clean up of contaminated industrial sites.
    Jim McGreevey: More open space protection to combat sprawl.
    Donny DiFrancesco: $5M for purchasing open space.
Families & Children
    Phil Murphy: We all can contribute, including the differently abled.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Address problems specific to LGBTQ community.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Earned paid sick leave is a must.
    Phil Murphy: Ensure that all workers have the right to earned sick leave.
    Steve Fulop: Require companies to grant paid sick leave.
Foreign Policy
    Rik Mehta: China: masters of misinformation, not to be trusted.
    Stuart Meissner: Against Iran nuclear deal that sent money used for terrorism.
    Robert Menendez: Unequivocal support for Hong Kong protests against China.
    Bob Hugin: Supports Israel and recognizes Jerusalem as its capital.
    Rich Pezzullo: As our ally, we must support Israel's right to defend itself.
    Rich Pezzullo: Oppose all UN treaties that weaken our sovereignty.
    Kim Guadagno: Keep restrictions on our relations with Cuba.
    Phil Murphy: Former U.S. ambassador to Germany, appointed by Obama.
    Cory Booker: Where Israel's security is at stake, so is America's.
    Cory Booker: Development funds via international organizations for Africa.
    Cory Booker: Robust diplomacy and international development.
    Cory Booker: No head in the sand; but no global police.
Free Trade
    Rik Mehta: For trade, but ensure other nations don't take advantage.
    Bob Hugin: In the end, tariffs will get a better deal with China.
    Robert Menendez: Tariffs on China drive allies into arms of our adversaries.
    Cory Booker: African trade makes stable countries & good for our security.
    Cory Booker: China cheats via currency manipulation & IP theft.
    Jeff Bell: Act on bilateral agreements with Colombia and South Korea.
Government Reform
    Jack Ciattarelli: Call for Constitutional Convention and referendums.
    Phil Murphy: Undertake ethics reform; address pernicious sexism.
    Hirsh Singh: Corrupt vote-by-mail system destroyed election's integrity.
    Phil Murphy: Easier voter registration; online voting & early voting.
    Robert Menendez: Citizens United rolled back decades of progress.
    Robert Menendez: Do everything to protect all Americans' right to vote.
    Josh Gottheimer: Fight to defend the Voting Rights Act.
    Phil Murphy: I don't owe the political insiders anything.
    Chris Christie: Automatic voter registration is government-knows-best.
    Joe Kyrillos: No in-person early voting.
    Ray Lesniak: Establish in-person early voting in addition to Vote-by-Mail.
    Richard Codey: Establish in-person early voting in addition to Vote-by-Mail.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: No in-person early voting.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: End voter suppression tactics.
    Jeff Bell: Photo ID for voting.
    Murray Sabrin: Photo ID for voting.
    Cory Booker: Founding principle: make laws open to public debate.
    Cory Booker: Threat to voting rights in America remains very real.
    Chris Christie: Early voting risks the integrity of our elections.
    Jack Ciattarelli: No in-person early voting.
    John Wisniewski: Establish in-person early voting in addition to Vote-by-Mail.
    Cory Booker: Campaign PAC money shouldn't speak louder than people.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Limit PAC, party, and corporate campaign donations.
    Jim McGreevey: More government oversight and public advocacy.
Gun Control
    Hirsh Singh: If they take AR-15 rifles, will cell phones be next?
    Rik Mehta: Never back down from defending the 2nd Amendment.
    Hirsh Singh: Enact reciprocity between states to own & carry firearms.
    Stuart Meissner: Supports 2nd Amendment, background checks.
    Bob Hugin: Expanded background checks; bar people with mental illnesses.
    Robert Menendez: Universal background checks & assault weapons ban.
    Phil Murphy: Reduce maximum magazine size from 15 rounds to 10.
    Rich Pezzullo: Opposes new federal gun laws; high marks from NRA.
    Rich Pezzullo: More conservative justices on federal bench.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Supports gun control, but check laws for racial bias.
    Joe Rullo: Goal is concealed carry without justifiable need.
    Phil Murphy: Sensible gun safety regulations: taxes & training.
    Ray Lesniak: Buy police weapons from socially responsible gun sellers.
    Steve Fulop: Reward "socially responsible" gun distributors.
    Jeff Bell: Opposes more gun restrictions.
    Murray Sabrin: Opposes more gun restrictions.
    Cory Booker: Common sense gun reform on day one.
    Cory Booker: More background checks & gun trace data.
    Jeff Bell: Debated who's most supportive of gun rights.
    Chris Christie: No criminalization of new classes of firearms.
    Barbara Buono: Ban 50-caliber weapons instead of just 60-caliber.
    Joe Kyrillos: No criminalization of all 50-caliber weapons.
    Ray Lesniak: Ban 50-caliber weapons instead of just 60-caliber.
    Richard Codey: Ban 50-caliber weapons instead of just 60-caliber.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: No criminalization of all 50-caliber weapons.
    Jack Ciattarelli: No criminalization of all 50-caliber weapons.
    John Wisniewski: Ban 50-caliber weapons instead of just 60-caliber.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Supports licensing; background checks; and safety locks.
    Donny DiFrancesco: No gun permits until age 21; require ballistics ID.
    Donny DiFrancesco: Prosecute gun crimes more; restrict future sales more.
Health Care
    Hirsh Singh: COVID: don't stop family get-togethers for Thanksgiving.
    Jack Ciattarelli: Protect those with pre-existing conditions; lower costs.
    Rik Mehta: Against Medicare for All, end excessive regulation.
    Hirsh Singh: Repeal and replace ObamaCare.
    Stuart Meissner: Under socialized medicine "I wouldn't be alive today".
    Stuart Meissner: Americans should not pay higher prices for drugs.
    Phil Murphy: We're protecting the Affordable Care Act.
    Phil Murphy: Protected ObamaCare; enacted sick leave.
    Bob Hugin: Lobbied to block cheaper generic alternatives.
    Bob Hugin: Repeal ObamaCare but keep preexisting conditions.
    Robert Menendez: Repealing ObamaCare would hike premiums & hurt the disabled.
    Bob Hugin: AdWatch: Raised drug prices in US while lowering them abroad.
    Bob Hugin: As CEO, paid $280M drug settlement.
    Bob Hugin: Will use his 20 years in healthcare to craft new reforms.
    Rich Pezzullo: Repeal ObamaCare; it's a dangerous proposal.
    Hirsh Singh: Cap malpractice damages; limit frivolous lawsuits.
    Kim Guadagno: Bring public insurance in line with private sector.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Health care a right, not a benefit.
    Jack Ciattarelli: Discontinue ObamaCare Cadillac health insurance plans.
    Steve Fulop: Partner with public health groups to fight urban disparities.
    Steve Fulop: Combat health disparities that plague cities.
    Chris Christie: Hold down Medicaid costs while providing focused choice.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Before ObamaCare, millions were deprived of affordable care.
    Jeff Bell: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
    Murray Sabrin: Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility.
    Cory Booker: ObamaCare is a vital step in the right direction.
    Joe Kyrillos: Ok for state to sue to prevent ObamaCare implementation.
    Ray Lesniak: NJ should not sue to prevent ObamaCare implementation.
    Richard Codey: NJ should not sue to prevent ObamaCare implementation.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Ok for state to sue to prevent ObamaCare implementation.
    Jim McGreevey: More patient rights and senior protections.
    Donny DiFrancesco: More funds for senior prescriptions, charity care, Medicaid.
Homeland Security
    Bob Hugin: Syrian airstrikes no "kabuki show" to our brave military.
    Rich Pezzullo: Spying on citizens not needed against criminals & terrorists.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Help refugees, don't fear them.
    Kim Guadagno: Head of the Military Growth Task Force.
    Joe Rullo: Eliminate state income taxes on all veterans' pensions.
    Phil Murphy: Create new NJ department responsible for veterans.
    Steve Fulop: Denounced theory that Jersey City Muslims cheered 9/11.
    Jeff Bell: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
    Murray Sabrin: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal.
    Cory Booker: Maintain the strongest military force in the world.
    Cory Booker: Irresponsible to spend on irrelevant weapon systems.
    Cory Booker: Public oversight needed for NSA domestic spying.
    Jeff Bell: Defense hawk and foreign-policy interventionist.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Co-sponsored bill establishing Office of Counter-Terrorism.
    Donny DiFrancesco: Fund domestic terrorism preparedness.
Immigration
    Hirsh Singh: End undermining the sanctity of American citizenship.
    Jack Ciattarelli: Let local law agencies work with ICE on illegal immigration.
    Rik Mehta: For the wall; against healthcare for illegal immigrants.
    Hirsh Singh: Build that wall; enact merit-based immigration policies.
    Stuart Meissner: Not fair for illegal immigrants to cut the line.
    Hirsh Singh: Illegal immigration should not be allowed.
    Hirsh Singh: Illegal immigrants getting driver's licenses will ruin state.
    Bob Hugin: Path to citizenship for people building a productive life.
    Robert Menendez: DREAMer kids have grown up as Americans.
    Bob Hugin: Fully supports pathway to citizenship for innocent DREAMers.
    Rich Pezzullo: Opposes pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
    Ray Lesniak: No in-state tuition for unlawful immigrants.
    Kim Guadagno: Against sanctuary state.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Fought deportation splitting families.
    Joe Rullo: Eliminate sanctuary cities across NJ.
    Steve Fulop: More outreach to involve immigrants in civic life.
    Jeff Bell: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Murray Sabrin: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry.
    Christie Todd Whitman: NJ should be compensated for costs associated with illegals.
Jobs
    Jack Ciattarelli: Reform public employee benefits system.
    Phil Murphy: Jobs NJ: align education with needs of employers, workers.
    Phil Murphy: Raise minimum wage to $15.
    Robert Menendez: Raise minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10/hour.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Will work for $15 minimum wage.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Will protect union rights to organize & collectively bargain.
    Kim Guadagno: Against minimum wage hike.
    Josh Gottheimer: Ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.
    Phil Murphy: Partner with private sector to expand job training.
    Phil Murphy: Close the wage gap: ban unequal pay for same work by women.
    Phil Murphy: Raise minimum wage to $15 per hour.
    Steve Fulop: Jersey City first to raise the minimum wage to $15.
    Chris Christie: Focus on reducing unemployment but not government employment.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Move from a minimum wage to a living wage.
    Cory Booker: $1,000 tax credit for job-training apprenticeships.
    Cory Booker: Great Recession decreased hourly wages overall.
    Cory Booker: Gender wage gap problematic; minority wage gap worse.
    Cory Booker: 1/3 of all NJ development is in Newark, where only 3% live.
    Donny DiFrancesco: Develop a workplace basic skills program.
Local Issues
    Chris Christie: Bridgegate FactCheck: Ft.Lee doesn't have 3 dedicated lanes.
Principles & Values
    Hirsh Singh: Claims Antifa is "radical, paramilitary arm" of Democrats.
    Rik Mehta: Campaign $300,000+ in debt, entire campaign staff quit.
    Hirsh Singh: I take absolute pride in being morally consistent.
    Rik Mehta: We need God, we need prayer, reopen houses of worship.
    Jack Ciattarelli: Don't make New Jersey the California of the East Coast.
    Stuart Meissner: Lifelong Democrat turned Trump supporter.
    Phil Murphy: Others focus on next election; we focus on next generation.
    Stuart Meissner: Time to end the impeachment crusade.
    Phil Murphy: Quality of life more important than tax breaks.
    Robert Menendez: Severely admonished by Senate for political favors.
    Robert Menendez: Admonished by Senate Ethics Committee for accepting gifts.
    Phil Murphy: Reject Pres. Trump's dark belief of an America in decline.
    Jeff Bell: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
    Murray Sabrin: Judeo-Christian values established our government framework.
    Jeff Bell: 1982: ran for Senate; speechwriter for Ronald Reagan.
    Jeff Bell: Wife wept upon hearing he would run for Senate.
    Jeff Bell: Defeated incumbent Senator in GOP primary in 1978.
    Cory Booker: First African-American senator from New Jersey.
Social Security
    Robert Menendez: Opposes privatization of Social Security.
    Bob Hugin: Blasts opponent for voting to raise taxes on Social Security.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: State must ensure senior care.
    Jack Ciattarelli: Limit retirement pensions for public retirees.
    Josh Gottheimer: Oppose any attempt to privatize or cut benefits.
    Phil Murphy: Evaluate state pension system for growing unfunded liability.
    Chris Christie: Do not prioritize pensions over other critical spending.
    Chris Christie: State pensions cut by $120B; but $90B still to go.
    Cory Booker: Opposes raising retirement age; expand entitlements.
    Chris Christie: Close deficit in state retirement fund over next 7 years.
    Ray Lesniak: Close deficit in state retirement fund over next 7 years.
    Donny DiFrancesco: Reduce taxes on retiree earnings & benefits.
Tax Reform
    Hirsh Singh: Higher tax burdens are counterproductive.
    Hirsh Singh: Lower corporate tax to 15%, reduce capital gains tax to 10%.
    Stuart Meissner: Raise property tax deduction to $20,000.
    Jack Ciattarelli: Top priorities: lower property tax, reform state tax code.
    Phil Murphy: Not giving up the fight for a millionaire's tax.
    Stuart Meissner: Remove cap on federal deductions for local taxes.
    Jack Ciattarelli: School funding formula is root of property tax growth.
    Bob Hugin: Trump tax cuts delivered real relief & job creation.
    Robert Menendez: Trump tax cuts was giant hit job on middle class.
    Bob Hugin: Opposes new $10K cap on deductions for state & local taxes.
    Phil Murphy: Stronger & fairer funding instead of massive tax breaks.
    Hirsh Singh: End the inheritance tax, the gas tax, and property tax hikes.
    Ray Lesniak: Lower taxes to promote economic growth.
    Cory Booker: Tax plan that rewards hard work.
    Kim Guadagno: Veto new tax increases.
    Kim Guadagno: High state property taxes drive businesses to other states.
    Joe Rullo: Reduce property taxes; repeal gas tax; veto new taxes.
    Josh Gottheimer: Comprehensive reform to lower rates & close loopholes.
    Steve Fulop: No municipal tax increase for third year in a row.
    Steve Fulop: We make government work well with no municipal tax increase.
    Chris Christie: Abolish the estate tax to incentivize people to stay in NJ.
    Chris Christie: I will veto any income tax increases that come before me.
    Jeff Bell: Convinced Pres. Reagan to adopt radical tax-rate reductions.
    Chris Christie: No relief to subset of taxpayers; all need relief.
    Barbara Buono: Increase top tax rate to reduce property taxes.
    Joe Kyrillos: No increase in top tax rate to reduce property taxes.
    Richard Codey: Increase top tax rate to reduce property taxes.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: No increase in top tax rate to reduce property taxes.
    Jack Ciattarelli: No increase in top tax rate to reduce property taxes.
    John Wisniewski: Increase top tax rate to reduce property taxes.
    Jim McGreevey: Pay down debt; less taxes on seniors.
    Donny DiFrancesco: High property taxes obstruct high quality of life.
    Donny DiFrancesco: Limit inheritance taxes.
    Donny DiFrancesco: End the marriage tax.
Technology
    Hirsh Singh: Potholes have become a de facto tax on citizens.
    Phil Murphy: Transit system must know where it's going.
    Phil Murphy: Share congestion pricing revenue between NYC and NJ.
    Steve Fulop: Congestion pricing leads to "race to zero" for NYC vs. NJ.
    Robert Menendez: Net Neutrality avoids higher prices.
    Kim Guadagno: Get NY tax dollars spent on bi-state transportation.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Infrastructure investment tied to environment.
    Kim Guadagno: Infrastructure plan without gas tax or toll increases.
    Josh Gottheimer: Each dollar of infrastructure spending benefits us by $2.
    Josh Gottheimer: Invest in light rail & new tunnel via one-time corporate tax.
    Albio Sires: Hudson-Bergen Light Rail has improved quality of life.
    Bill Pascrell: Resources to expand aging transportation infrastructure.
    Cory Booker: We can't afford to ignore aging infrastructure anymore.
    Donald Payne Jr.: Smart investments in infrastructure critical to economy.
    Robert Menendez: Investing in infrastructure revitalizes neighborhoods.
    Steve Fulop: Light Rail is tremendous asset for economic development.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Support Net Neutrality: keep the internet open.
    Cory Booker: Fix crumbling rail & road with National Infrastructure Bank.
    Cory Booker: Invest in Next-Gen air traffic; broadband, and smart grid.
    Cory Booker: Protect critical infrastructure from cyberattack.
    Cory Booker: Technology empowers individuals but creates diverse threats.
War & Peace
    Hirsh Singh: We must stop radical Islamic terrorism, with military.
    Rik Mehta: Bring our troops home when it's not our war.
    Robert Menendez: Is Trump acting for Russia and Turkey or willfully blind?
    Chris Murphy: Oppose sale of precision guided bombs to Saudi Arabia.
    Robert Menendez: Oppose bombs to Saudi Arabia; no national security emergency.
    Bob Hugin: Iran used nuclear deal to export terrorism.
    Robert Menendez: Selling arms to Saudi Arabia makes crisis in Yemen.
    Robert Menendez: Grave mistake to walk away from Iran nuke deal without plan.
    Josh Gottheimer: No room for compromise in the war on terror.
    Cory Booker: All options on the table with Iran, including military.
    Donny DiFrancesco: Recognize Jerusalem as capital; honor Holocaust claims.
Welfare & Poverty
    Bob Hugin: Non-profit advocate for needs of homeless families.
    Rich Pezzullo: Make major cuts in welfare "giveaway" programs.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Social justice for those who are last in society.
    Seth Kaper-Dale: Led church on social justice issues.
    Phil Murphy: More affordable housing; more Earned Income Tax Credit.
    Chris Christie: Food stamps recipients must be in job training programs.
    Ray Lesniak: Private donations for job training for SNAP recipients.
    Donny DiFrancesco: Fund welfare-to-work & exempt religious charities.


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