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Cory Booker on Abortion
Click here for 8 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Claimed to support post-viability exceptions, but voted no. (Apr 2017)
  • Fix Hobby Lobby: it's not about religious freedom. (Jul 2014)
  • Vigorously defend women's access to affordable birth control. (Nov 2013)
  • OpEd: In mainstream of NJ, supporting abortion rights. (Oct 2013)
  • No restrictions before viability; exceptions after viability. (Sep 2013)
  • Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013)
  • Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions. (Jan 2015)
  • Keep federal funding for family planning clinics. (Mar 2017)
Cory Booker on Budget & Economy
Click here for 7 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • 2010 recession: sold city buildings and raised city taxes. (Aug 2016)
  • We will not be able to cut our way out of the jobs crisis. (Nov 2013)
  • Paying your fair share isn't class warfare, it's patriotism. (Sep 2012)
  • Endorsed Gov. Christie's property tax agenda. (Jun 2012)
  • Replace spending with tax incentives to stimulate hiring. (Dec 2011)
  • Budget crisis: cut $60M in spending; cut municipal taxes. (Feb 2008)
  • Performance-based budgeting with no tax increases. (Feb 2002)
Cory Booker on Civil Rights
Click here for 20 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Next president must talk openly and honestly about race. (Jun 2019)
  • Threats to LGBTQ people can no longer be ignored. (Jun 2019)
  • Wants new Voting Right Act; end gerrymandering. (May 2019)
  • Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery. (Apr 2019)
  • Yes to reparations, but as part of larger conversation. (Mar 2019)
  • Will fight for LGBTQ rights; everyone should feel safe. (Mar 2019)
  • Recognize Native Americans but no Indigenous Peoples' Day. (Feb 2019)
  • Parents experienced racist "redlining" at family home in NJ. (Jan 2019)
  • Creative civil rights activism revealed rampant injustice. (Feb 2016)
  • Blacks more likely to be suspended in school & jailed later. (Feb 2016)
  • Officiated same-sex marriage at first moment legally allowed. (Oct 2013)
  • Supports gay marriage: We are all equal under the law. (Oct 2013)
  • African-Americans & gays should both be equal under the law. (Oct 2013)
  • MLK's dream still demands work to do, after 50 years. (Aug 2013)
  • Equal marriage rights for same-sex couples are coming. (Jun 2010)
  • Until college, tolerated gays but was disgusted personally. (Apr 1992)
  • Growing up gay today is like growing up Black decades ago. (Apr 1992)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Mar 2014)
  • Let states recognize same sex marriage. (Jan 2015)
  • Maintain LGBT health info on federal websites. (Apr 2018)
Cory Booker on Corporations
Click here for 12 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Deal with corporate consolidation to let free market work. (Jun 2019)
  • Enforce antitrust; president shouldn't decide targets. (May 2019)
  • Don't condemn high tech business; regulate them. (Mar 2019)
  • SOAR Act: $25M for Startup Opportunity Accelerator. (Sep 2014)
  • Lower corporate tax rate & close loopholes. (Jul 2014)
  • Government procurement should promote women-owned business. (Nov 2013)
  • Fund minority businesses with KIVA microloans. (Oct 2013)
  • Attacks on private equity "nauseating". (Aug 2013)
  • Corporate campaign donors also helped rebuild Newark. (Dec 2012)
  • Predatory lending & unchecked avarice destabilized economy. (Sep 2012)
  • Supports Women, Minority and Small Business Assistance. (Mar 2011)
  • Restrict corporate use of consumer mandatory arbitration. (Aug 2016)
Cory Booker on Crime
Click here for 34 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • More black men are in jails now than under slavery. (Jun 2019)
  • Legalize marijuana; restore ex-con voting rights. (Mar 2019)
  • Evolved from supporting Broken Windows theory to opposition. (Apr 2017)
  • 2010: Layoff police officers to push for union concessions. (Aug 2016)
  • 1960s cities had mostly white cops & mostly black majority. (Feb 2016)
  • Police doesn't solve problem; they just attend to symptoms. (Feb 2016)
  • Poor & minorities bear the brunt of policing practices. (Feb 2016)
  • Parks and green spaces are associated with safer communities. (Feb 2016)
  • Real solution to crime is addressing poverty and education. (Jan 2014)
  • Increase the number of police in all neighborhoods. (Nov 2013)
  • Cut first responders due to economic downturn. (Nov 2013)
  • Ran off armed assailant: "Not in our city anymore!". (Dec 2012)
  • Got celebrities to donate cash for police equipment. (Dec 2012)
  • Long-term believer in "broken windows" theory. (May 2012)
  • Improve police data collection process & homicides dropped. (May 2012)
  • $1,000 reward for crime tips leading to gun recovery. (Dec 2010)
  • Launch Fatherhood Center and pro-bono legal help for ex-cons. (Sep 2010)
  • Police overhaul to change cronyism, favoritism, and cynicism. (Sep 2010)
  • Applied "broken windows theory" in Newark policing. (Sep 2010)

    Prison Reform

  • Cut mandatory minimum sentences; end solitary for juveniles. (May 2019)
  • Rich-and-guilty treated better than poor-and-innocent. (Mar 2019)
  • Opportunities for dropouts: avoid school-to-prison pipeline. (Aug 2016)
  • Anti-recidivism funds much scanter than prison funds. (Feb 2016)
  • Reduced crime by helping prisoners coming home. (Feb 2016)
  • Theory of "broken windows" doesn't drive down crime. (Feb 2016)
  • Mass incarceration has failed. (Feb 2016)
  • Prison construction draws resources from other priorities. (Feb 2016)
  • Prisons grow irrespective of crime rates. (Apr 2015)
  • Incarceration isn't working; focus on preventing recidivism. (Nov 2013)
  • Bipartisan solution to reduce recidivism. (Aug 2013)
  • Prisoner re-entry is the new front line of civil rights. (May 2012)
  • ReLeSe: Pro bono legal services to ex-offenders. (Feb 2010)

    Voting Record

  • Make lynching a hate crime. (Feb 2019)
  • Rated 9% by the NAPO, indicating a police-the-police stance. (Dec 2014)
Cory Booker on Drugs
Click here for 18 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Don't lock people up for drugs & poverty; lift them up. (Jul 2019)
  • Remove cocaine sentencing disparities. (Jul 2019)
  • Marijuana Justice Act: decriminalize pot & expunge records. (Jul 2019)
  • Opioid manufacturers should be held criminally liable. (Jun 2019)
  • Legalize marijuana nationally including recreational use. (May 2019)
  • Decriminalize marijuana; expunge past criminal records. (Mar 2019)
  • Legalize marijuana federally, plus state incentives. (Feb 2019)
  • Opposes Drug War, but control border for opioid precursors. (Apr 2017)
  • Give addicts treatment instead of long sentences. (Feb 2016)
  • Drug war isn't waged in privileged communities. (Feb 2016)
  • Staged sit-in at urban housing to disrupt drug trade. (Feb 2016)
  • Minorities imprisoned for drugs at 6 times rate for whites. (Apr 2015)
  • End mandatory sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders. (Apr 2015)
  • The drug war is an abject failure. (Jan 2014)
  • The war on drugs has failed; support medical marijuana. (Jul 2012)
  • Never attracted to drink and drugs, even as teenager. (Sep 2010)
  • Community courts for minor crimes like drug possession. (Feb 2009)
  • Rated B+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Nov 2016)
Cory Booker on Education
Click here for 27 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Government should not profit from student debt. (Apr 2019)
  • Investment in education helps the whole society. (Apr 2019)
  • Support public education including some charter schools. (Mar 2019)
  • Free community college; loan forgiveness; apprenticeships. (Mar 2019)
  • New public school models & more public education options. (Apr 2017)
  • 2010: Make Newark the nation's charter school capital. (Aug 2016)
  • OpEd: community engagement or public relations? (Aug 2016)
  • Radical reform needed for youth to move forward. (Aug 2016)
  • Urban school districts are beholden to public worker union. (Sep 2015)
  • Star fundraiser for Democrats for Education Reform. (Sep 2015)
  • Ensure that college tuition is not a long-term burden. (Nov 2013)
  • Pre-school for 3-year-olds; more teacher empowerment. (Nov 2013)
  • Fundamental right to high quality public education. (Nov 2013)
  • Newark Workshops got $1.3M in Pell Grants. (Nov 2013)
  • Supports "Race to the Top" education reform. (Aug 2013)
  • Supports school voucher proposal, like other Democrats. (Aug 2013)
  • Brother runs a charter school in inner-city Memphis. (Dec 2012)
  • Arranged $100M school grant from Facebook founder Zuckerberg. (Jun 2012)
  • Supports school vouchers. (May 2012)
  • 2010: Appointed to oversee $100M donation to Newark schools. (Feb 2011)
  • OpEd: $100M gift to Newark schools was a publicity sellout. (Feb 2011)
  • Supervises Newark schools by gubernatorial appointment. (Feb 2011)
  • $120 million for "Teachers Village" where educators live. (Sep 2010)
  • Founded the Newark Charter School Fund. (Feb 2010)
  • Charters & alternatives for persistently failing schools. (May 2009)
  • Vouchers and charters can work in inner cities. (Feb 2001)
  • Make two years of community college free. (Jul 2015)
Cory Booker on Energy & Oil
Click here for 17 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Carbon tax should go to alleviating inequality. (Apr 2019)
  • Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement, plus domestic legislation. (Apr 2019)
  • Mixed score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test". (Mar 2019)
  • Leadership in dealing with climate change, including nuclear. (Mar 2019)
  • Supports tax-funded carbon reduction, but not carbon tax. (Apr 2017)
  • Support existing nuclear power by pricing carbon. (Jun 2016)
  • Climate change requires American leadership. (Dec 2015)
  • Ice-melt is literally creating climate refugees. (Dec 2015)
  • Rejoin Greenhouse Gas Initiative under Clean Power Plan. (Jun 2014)
  • Treat carbon pollution like mercury and particle pollution. (Jun 2014)
  • Sustainability programs: slow growth of carbon footprint. (Nov 2013)
  • Eliminate unfair subsidies for oil and ga. (Nov 2013)
  • Has never taken a public position on a carbon tax. (Aug 2013)
  • Weatherize of 450 homes; free for seniors. (Feb 2010)
  • Create green economy with lower carbon output. (Nov 2008)
  • Federal collaboration for advanced nuclear technologies. (Jan 2016)
  • 50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030. (Mar 2016)
Cory Booker on Environment
Click here for 14 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Support next-generation advanced nuclear reactors. (Apr 2019)
  • Rated 100% on all animal welfare ratings. (Dec 2016)
  • Vegetarian since 1992; vegan since 2014. (Feb 2016)
  • Passaic River poisoned because it was cheaper for business. (Feb 2016)
  • Dumping pollutants into rivers externalizes costs. (Feb 2016)
  • Trees reduce erosion & increase property values. (Feb 2016)
  • Green space; green housing; green jobs. (Nov 2013)
  • 2003: Neighborhood development instead of new sports arena. (May 2012)
  • Vegetarian because of environmental impact of eating meat. (Sep 2010)
  • GreenSpaces: public-private partnership for city parks. (Apr 2010)
  • Work with Urban Environmental Institute on solar technology. (Feb 2010)
  • Save our environment while creating jobs and wealth. (Feb 2009)
  • Require labeling genetically engineered food. (Jul 2014)
  • Endorsed Endorsed by LCV; supports conservation efforts. (Aug 2014)
Cory Booker on Families & Children
Click here for 5 full quotes on Families & Children OR other candidates on Families & Children OR background on Families & Children.
  • Government funded savings account at birth. (Apr 2019)
  • Opposes family separation policy at southern border. (Feb 2019)
  • Paid family leave is a necessity. (Jul 2016)
  • Society struggles without paid family leave. (Feb 2016)
  • Job-protected time off for bereavement and illness. (Feb 2016)
Cory Booker on Foreign Policy
Click here for 12 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • Not working with allies on Iran makes us weaker. (Jun 2019)
  • Support our allies, not our enemies. (May 2019)
  • Re-examine relationship with Saudi Arabia. (Feb 2019)
  • Fund the life-saving work done by diplomats. (Mar 2017)
  • Trump would denigrate relationships with Muslim countries. (Jul 2016)
  • Where Israel's security is at stake, so is America's. (Nov 2013)
  • Development funds via international organizations for Africa. (Nov 2013)
  • Robust diplomacy and international development. (Nov 2013)
  • No head in the sand; but no global police. (Oct 2013)
  • Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel. (Jan 2015)
  • Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank. (Jan 2017)
  • Enforce humanitarian aid access to South Sudan. (Feb 2017)
Cory Booker on Free Trade
Click here for 11 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • No fast-track trade authority for Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Feb 2019)
  • Deal with China despite their cheating. (Apr 2017)
  • Promote exports, but restrict multilateral trade deals. (Apr 2017)
  • No fast-track for Trans-Pacific Partnership. (May 2015)
  • African trade makes stable countries & good for our security. (Nov 2013)
  • China cheats via currency manipulation & IP theft. (Nov 2013)
  • China is engaging in unfair trade practices. (Aug 2013)
  • Declare Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties. (Apr 2014)
  • Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires. (Sep 2014)
  • Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank. (Oct 2015)
  • $25B more loans from Export-Import Bank. (Apr 2015)
Cory Booker on Government Reform
Click here for 11 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • 10-day process to fire Russia probe special prosecutor. (Apr 2018)
  • Even billionaires need transparency in confirmation hearings. (Jan 2017)
  • Declined lavish perks as Newark City Councilor. (Feb 2016)
  • Seek common ground to achieve transformative change. (Feb 2016)
  • Founding principle: make laws open to public debate. (Nov 2013)
  • Threat to voting rights in America remains very real. (Nov 2013)
  • Campaign PAC money shouldn't speak louder than people. (Sep 2012)
  • Make it harder for wealthy to influence politicians. (Feb 2002)
  • Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements. (Mar 2014)
  • Statehood for the District of Columbia. (May 2017)
  • Automatic voter registration for all citizens. (Apr 2015)
Cory Booker on Gun Control
Click here for 17 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Tired of "thoughts and prayers"--this is personal. (Jun 2019)
  • We require licenses to drive; so require licenses for guns. (Jun 2019)
  • Evidence-based laws can lower gun violence. (Jun 2019)
  • As with civil rights, we can build coalitions for gun laws. (Jun 2019)
  • Gun control works; refuse to believe it's not doable. (May 2019)
  • 14-part gun control plan, with criminal enforcement. (May 2019)
  • Supports national gun licensing every 5 years. (May 2019)
  • Consensus on common sense gun laws; ready to fight NRA. (Mar 2019)
  • Require background checks; ban assault weapons. (Feb 2019)
  • Failed to pass gun legislation after Orlando mass shooting. (Apr 2017)
  • Prohibit firearms to suspected terrorists. (Jun 2016)
  • $1,000 reward for tip on illegal weapons. (Feb 2016)
  • Common sense gun reform on day one. (Jul 2014)
  • More background checks & gun trace data. (Jul 2014)
  • Criminal gun runners shouldn't have Second Amendment rights. (Oct 2013)
  • Insane to carry concealed loaded weapons cross-state. (Oct 2011)
  • Coalition "Mayors Against Illegal Guns"; Keep state laws. (Oct 2011)
Cory Booker on Health Care
Click here for 17 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • Too many profiting off of people's pain. (Jun 2019)
  • Health care is a right; public option is step towards goal. (May 2019)
  • Support Medicare for All but do what's possible now. (May 2019)
  • Public option is first step, negotiate lower drug prices. (Apr 2019)
  • Medicare for all; start with commonsense reforms. (Mar 2019)
  • Reduce Medicare eligibility to 55 from current age of 65. (Mar 2019)
  • Allow importing prescription drugs to lower Rx prices. (Feb 2019)
  • Backs Medicare-for-All. (Feb 2019)
  • Ok to consider single-payer, but I'm not behind it. (Mar 2017)
  • Repealing ObamaCare hurts working-class. (Mar 2017)
  • Repealing ObamaCare with no replacement just hurts Americans. (Jan 2017)
  • ObamaCare is a vital step in the right direction. (Nov 2013)
  • ObamaCare needs to be improved, but is helping people now. (Oct 2013)
  • Control healthcare cost; no comment on single-payer. (Aug 2013)
  • We need a national solution and also local solutions. (Feb 2009)
  • Newark Rx: affordable medications for uninsured Newarkers. (Feb 2009)
  • Keep ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services. (Feb 2017)
Cory Booker on Homeland Security
Click here for 10 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Supports military spending on Foreign Affairs Committee. (Mar 2019)
  • Transgender troops should be allowed to serve. (Feb 2019)
  • No irresponsible spending on weapons military doesn't want. (Apr 2017)
  • Form National Guard Cyber Protection Team. (Nov 2014)
  • Maintain the strongest military force in the world. (Nov 2013)
  • Irresponsible to spend on irrelevant weapon systems. (Nov 2013)
  • Public oversight needed for NSA domestic spying. (Oct 2013)
  • Incentives to train & hire troops returning home. (Sep 2012)
  • Restrict domestic monitoring of phone calls. (Jul 2014)
  • Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze. (Jan 2017)
Cory Booker on Immigration
Click here for 9 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Make major investments in the Northern Triangle. (Jun 2019)
  • Get rid of section 1325 & deal with ICE abuses at home. (Jun 2019)
  • Intervene in refugees' home countries; reform asylum process. (Apr 2019)
  • Support DREAMers, reform immigration to reflect our values. (Mar 2019)
  • Supports DACA and DREAMers. (Feb 2019)
  • Welcome Syrian refugees and fight any bans. (Nov 2015)
  • Blocking the DREAM Act is crazy; it's how we built America. (Dec 2010)
  • Against involving city police in immigration matters. (Aug 2007)
  • Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported. (Feb 2016)
Cory Booker on Jobs
Click here for 13 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • Pilot program to fund jobs paying at least $15/hour. (May 2019)
  • Supports $15 minimum wage and guaranteed jobs. (Feb 2019)
  • Fair wage jumpstarts consumer spending and creates jobs. (Apr 2017)
  • Supports unions, except maybe teacher unions. (Apr 2017)
  • $1,000 tax credit for job-training apprenticeships. (Apr 2014)
  • Great Recession decreased hourly wages overall. (Nov 2013)
  • Gender wage gap problematic; minority wage gap worse. (Nov 2013)
  • 1/3 of all NJ development is in Newark, where only 3% live. (Aug 2013)
  • 2002 campaign: unemployment & housing hasn't improved. (May 2012)
  • Passed laws on prevailing wage & large-scale firings. (Feb 2008)
  • Held over 100 Job Fairs to employ local residents. (Feb 2002)
  • Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016. (Jan 2014)
  • Let Senate cafeteria workers organize their own union. (Nov 2015)
Cory Booker on Principles & Values
Click here for 20 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Trump is acting as an authoritarian against the Constitution. (Jul 2019)
  • I've taken on bullies & won, by seeing common purpose. (Jun 2019)
  • Supports impeachment investigation necessary to get to truth. (Jun 2019)
  • We succeed by showing the best of who we are. (May 2019)
  • Pragmatic Democrat: support private/faith-based initiatives. (Aug 2016)
  • 2010 stump speech: Work to perfect America. (Aug 2016)
  • Even those with no religion are entitled to rights. (Jul 2016)
  • As we owe the past, we must pay for the future. (Jul 2016)
  • Raised in only black family in segregated neighborhood. (Feb 2016)
  • After law school, worked with non-profits for city kids. (Feb 2016)
  • Father raised in 1930s colored funeral home. (Feb 2016)
  • First African-American senator from New Jersey. (Oct 2013)
  • Money to cities is ok: we're one state with one destiny. (Oct 2013)
  • Vegetarian, non-smoker, non-drinker, but over-eater. (Dec 2012)
  • Grew up in Harrington Park; commuted from Newark to Yale. (May 2012)
  • Won with rainbow coalition, but softest support among blacks. (May 2012)
  • Show your religion in how you treat other people. (Apr 2012)
  • I believe in Newark as the city of opportunity. (Feb 2008)
  • Led effort for religious freedom via no religious registry. (Jan 2017)
  • Question Trump on Emoluments clause. (May 2017)
Cory Booker on Social Security
Click here for 6 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Raise the cap on Social Security taxes to fund system. (Mar 2019)
  • COLA adjustments needed for retirement plans. (Apr 2017)
  • Once supported raising retirement age; now opposes it. (Apr 2017)
  • Opposes raising the retirement age for several decades. (Aug 2014)
  • Don't raise retirement age, except maybe for young workers. (Aug 2013)
  • Opposes raising retirement age; expand entitlements. (Aug 2013)
Cory Booker on Tax Reform
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  • Expand Earned Income Tax Credit. (May 2019)
  • Helped people claim earned-income tax credit. (Apr 2019)
  • Promised no taxes; but meant "no on one city tax increase". (Apr 2017)
  • Raise taxes because quick fix of cuts wasn't enough. (Jul 2011)
  • One-time building sale, plus tax increase, to balance budget. (Feb 2010)
Cory Booker on Technology
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  • Prison construction draws resources from other priorities. (Feb 2016)
  • We can't afford to ignore aging infrastructure anymore. (Mar 2015)
  • Fix crumbling rail & road with National Infrastructure Bank. (Jul 2014)
  • Invest in Next-Gen air traffic; broadband, and smart grid. (Jul 2014)
  • Protect critical infrastructure from cyberattack. (Nov 2013)
  • Technology empowers individuals but creates diverse threats. (Nov 2013)
  • Millionaire from Silicon Valley-funded tech startup. (Aug 2013)
  • Businesses realize a return on our infrastructure investment. (Sep 2012)
  • Teach City Council to read spreadsheets, then pass budget. (May 2012)
  • Support Lifeline program for low-income broadband. (Feb 2017)
Cory Booker on War & Peace
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  • Get back into nuclear deal with Iran; negotiate if possible. (Jun 2019)
  • Would rejoin Iran nuclear deal & work with allies. (Jun 2019)
  • End intervention in Yemen & Iran, but not Israel. (Mar 2019)
  • All options on the table with Iran, including military. (Nov 2013)
  • Direct military intervention in Syria only as last resort. (Aug 2013)
  • We're spending billions on a war based on unjust pretenses. (Aug 2008)
  • Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection. (Mar 2014)
  • Hold Assad accountable for slaughter of civilians. (Feb 2017)
Cory Booker on Welfare & Poverty
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  • HOME Act: $134 billion a year via EITC for people in poverty. (Jan 2019)
  • Newark got disproportionate share of dumps & jails. (Feb 2016)
  • Post-WWII policy of redlining forced racially-biased housing. (Feb 2016)
  • Post-WWII policy of redlining forced racially-biased housing. (Feb 2016)
  • Expand EITC to more families & to job grants. (Jun 2014)
  • Increase EITC collections with public-private partnerships. (Oct 2013)
  • Resided in housing project after law school, to help tenants. (Dec 2012)
  • 2011: Founded PAC to support urban-issue candidates. (May 2012)
  • Assist beneficiaries with earned income tax credit. (Feb 2008)
  • Force landlords to provide heat to residents. (Feb 2002)


VoteMatch Responses
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Claimed to support post-viability exceptions, but voted no: Strongly Favors topic 1
Fix Hobby Lobby: it's not about religious freedom: Favors topic 1
Vigorously defend women's access to affordable birth control: Strongly Favors topic 1
OpEd: In mainstream of NJ, supporting abortion rights: Favors topic 1
No restrictions before viability; exceptions after viability: Favors topic 1
Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services: Strongly Favors topic 1
Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep federal funding for family planning clinics: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Next president must talk openly and honestly about race: Strongly Favors topic 2
Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Yes to reparations, but as part of larger conversation: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize Native Americans but no Indigenous Peoples' Day: Neutral on topic 2
Creative civil rights activism revealed rampant injustice: Strongly Favors topic 2
Blacks more likely to be suspended in school & jailed later: Strongly Favors topic 2
Raised in only black family in segregated neighborhood: Favors topic 2
Post-WWII policy of redlining forced racially-biased housing: Strongly Favors topic 2
Government procurement should promote women-owned business: Strongly Favors topic 2
Gender wage gap problematic; minority wage gap worse: Strongly Favors topic 2
First African-American senator from New Jersey: Favors topic 2
Fund minority businesses with KIVA microloans: Favors topic 2
Supports Women, Minority and Small Business Assistance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Until college, tolerated gays but was disgusted personally: Opposes topic 2
Growing up gay today is like growing up Black decades ago: Strongly Favors topic 2
Prisoner re-entry is the new front line of civil rights: Favors topic 2
Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+5 points on Social scale)
Threats to LGBTQ people can no longer be ignored: Strongly Favors topic 3
Will fight for LGBTQ rights; everyone should feel safe: Strongly Favors topic 3
Transgender troops should be allowed to serve: Strongly Favors topic 3
Parents experienced racist "redlining" at family home in NJ: Strongly Favors topic 3
Officiated same-sex marriage at first moment legally allowed: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supports gay marriage: We are all equal under the law: Strongly Favors topic 3
African-Americans & gays should both be equal under the law: Strongly Favors topic 3
Equal marriage rights for same-sex couples are coming: Strongly Favors topic 3
Let states recognize same sex marriage: Favors topic 3
Maintain LGBT health info on federal websites: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Pragmatic Democrat: support private/faith-based initiatives: Favors topic 4
Even those with no religion are entitled to rights: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Resided in housing project after law school, to help tenants: Opposes topic 4
Show your religion in how you treat other people: Opposes topic 4
Led effort for religious freedom via no religious registry: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Too many profiting off of people's pain: Strongly Favors topic 5
Health care is a right; public option is step towards goal: Strongly Favors topic 5
Support Medicare for All but do what's possible now: Strongly Favors topic 5
Public option is first step, negotiate lower drug prices: Strongly Favors topic 5
Medicare for all; start with commonsense reforms: Strongly Favors topic 5
Reduce Medicare eligibility to 55 from current age of 65: Strongly Favors topic 5
Allow importing prescription drugs to lower Rx prices: Favors topic 5
Backs Medicare-for-All: Strongly Favors topic 5
Ok to consider single-payer, but I'm not behind it: Opposes topic 5
Repealing ObamaCare hurts working-class: Strongly Favors topic 5
Repealing ObamaCare with no replacement just hurts Americans: Favors topic 5
ObamaCare is a vital step in the right direction: Strongly Favors topic 5
ObamaCare needs to be improved, but is helping people now: Strongly Favors topic 5
Control healthcare cost; no comment on single-payer: Favors topic 5
We need a national solution and also local solutions: Favors topic 5
Newark Rx: affordable medications for uninsured Newarkers: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Government funded savings account at birth: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Raise the cap on Social Security taxes to fund system: Strongly Opposes topic 6
COLA adjustments needed for retirement plans: Opposes topic 6
Once supported raising retirement age; now opposes it: Opposes topic 6
Opposes raising the retirement age for several decades: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Don't raise retirement age, except maybe for young workers: Favors topic 6
Opposes raising retirement age; expand entitlements: Opposes topic 6
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Investment in education helps the whole society: Opposes topic 7
Support public education including some charter schools: Opposes topic 7
New public school models & more public education options: Favors topic 7
2010: Make Newark the nation's charter school capital: Favors topic 7
Radical reform needed for youth to move forward: Strongly Favors topic 7
Urban school districts are beholden to public worker union: Favors topic 7
Star fundraiser for Democrats for Education Reform: Favors topic 7
Pre-school for 3-year-olds; more teacher empowerment: Favors topic 7
Fundamental right to high quality public education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports "Race to the Top" education reform: Favors topic 7
Supports school voucher proposal, like other Democrats: Strongly Favors topic 7
Brother runs a charter school in inner-city Memphis: Favors topic 7
Supports school vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Charters & alternatives for persistently failing schools: Favors topic 7
Vouchers and charters can work in inner cities: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Fight EPA regulatory over-reach
(+5 points on Social scale)
Support next-generation advanced nuclear reactors: Favors topic 8
Rated 100% on all animal welfare ratings: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Parks and green spaces are associated with safer communities: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Vegetarian since 1992; vegan since 2014: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Passaic River poisoned because it was cheaper for business: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Dumping pollutants into rivers externalizes costs: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Trees reduce erosion & increase property values: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Green space; green housing; green jobs: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Businesses realize a return on our infrastructure investment: Opposes topic 8
Vegetarian because of environmental impact of eating meat: Strongly Opposes topic 8
GreenSpaces: public-private partnership for city parks: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Save our environment while creating jobs and wealth: Opposes topic 8
Require labeling genetically engineered food: Opposes topic 8
Endorsed Endorsed by LCV; supports conservation efforts: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
More black men are in jails now than under slavery: Strongly Favors topic 9
Opioid manufacturers should be held criminally liable: Strongly Favors topic 9
Legalize marijuana; restore ex-con voting rights: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Evolved from supporting Broken Windows theory to opposition: Strongly Opposes topic 9
1960s cities had mostly white cops & mostly black majority: Opposes topic 9
Police doesn't solve problem; they just attend to symptoms: Favors topic 9
Poor & minorities bear the brunt of policing practices: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Increase the number of police in all neighborhoods: Strongly Favors topic 9
Ran off armed assailant: "Not in our city anymore!": Favors topic 9
Got celebrities to donate cash for police equipment: Favors topic 9
Long-term believer in "broken windows" theory: Favors topic 9
Launch Fatherhood Center and pro-bono legal help for ex-cons: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Applied "broken windows theory" in Newark policing: Favors topic 9
Cut mandatory minimum sentences; end solitary for juveniles: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Rich-and-guilty treated better than poor-and-innocent: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Opportunities for dropouts: avoid school-to-prison pipeline: Opposes topic 9
Anti-recidivism funds much scanter than prison funds: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Reduced crime by helping prisoners coming home: Opposes topic 9
Theory of "broken windows" doesn't drive down crime: Strongly Favors topic 9
Mass incarceration has failed: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Prison construction draws resources from other priorities: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Prisons grow irrespective of crime rates: Opposes topic 9
Incarceration isn't working; focus on preventing recidivism: Strongly Opposes topic 9
ReLeSe: Pro bono legal services to ex-offenders: Opposes topic 9
Make lynching a hate crime: Favors topic 9
Rated 9% by the NAPO, indicating a police-the-police stance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Tired of "thoughts and prayers"--this is personal: Strongly Opposes topic 10
We require licenses to drive; so require licenses for guns: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Evidence-based laws can lower gun violence: Strongly Opposes topic 10
As with civil rights, we can build coalitions for gun laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Gun control works; refuse to believe it's not doable: Strongly Opposes topic 10
14-part gun control plan, with criminal enforcement: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Supports national gun licensing every 5 years: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Consensus on common sense gun laws; ready to fight NRA: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Require background checks; ban assault weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Failed to pass gun legislation after Orlando mass shooting: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Prohibit firearms to suspected terrorists: Strongly Opposes topic 10
$1,000 reward for tip on illegal weapons: Opposes topic 10
Common sense gun reform on day one: Strongly Opposes topic 10
More background checks & gun trace data: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Criminal gun runners shouldn't have Second Amendment rights: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Insane to carry concealed loaded weapons cross-state: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Coalition "Mayors Against Illegal Guns"; Keep state laws: Strongly Opposes topic 10
$1,000 reward for crime tips leading to gun recovery: Favors topic 10
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Expand Earned Income Tax Credit: Favors topic 11
Helped people claim earned-income tax credit: Favors topic 11
Promised no taxes; but meant "no on one city tax increase": Favors topic 11
Lower corporate tax rate & close loopholes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Replace spending with tax incentives to stimulate hiring: Opposes topic 11
Raise taxes because quick fix of cuts wasn't enough: Favors topic 11
One-time building sale, plus tax increase, to balance budget: Favors topic 11
Budget crisis: cut $60M in spending; cut municipal taxes: Opposes topic 11
Assist beneficiaries with earned income tax credit: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Make major investments in the Northern Triangle: Strongly Favors topic 12
Get rid of section 1325 & deal with ICE abuses at home: Strongly Favors topic 12
Intervene in refugees' home countries; reform asylum process: Favors topic 12
Support DREAMers, reform immigration to reflect our values: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes family separation policy at southern border: Favors topic 12
Supports DACA and DREAMers: Strongly Favors topic 12
Welcome Syrian refugees and fight any bans: Strongly Favors topic 12
Blocking the DREAM Act is crazy; it's how we built America: Strongly Favors topic 12
Against involving city police in immigration matters: Strongly Favors topic 12
Against involving city police in immigration matters: Favors topic 12
Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported: Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No fast-track trade authority for Trans-Pacific Partnership: Opposes topic 13
Deal with China despite their cheating: Favors topic 13
Promote exports, but restrict multilateral trade deals: Opposes topic 13
No fast-track for Trans-Pacific Partnership: Strongly Opposes topic 13
African trade makes stable countries & good for our security: Strongly Favors topic 13
China cheats via currency manipulation & IP theft: Strongly Opposes topic 13
China is engaging in unfair trade practices: Opposes topic 13
Declare Turkish rebar subject to anti-dumping duties: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Fight Chinese predatory trade practices on car tires: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Rated Voted FOR reauthorizing Ex-Im Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
$25B more loans from Export-Import Bank: Strongly Favors topic 13
Opposes topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Would rejoin Iran nuclear deal & work with allies: Strongly Favors topic 14
Fund the life-saving work done by diplomats: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Trump would denigrate relationships with Muslim countries: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Where Israel's security is at stake, so is America's: Favors topic 14
Development funds via international organizations for Africa: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Robust diplomacy and international development: Strongly Opposes topic 14
No head in the sand; but no global police: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Disallow Palestine from joining ICC to threaten Israel: Favors topic 14
Two-state solution despite Israeli settlements on West Bank: Favors topic 14
Enforce humanitarian aid access to South Sudan: Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Supports military spending on Foreign Affairs Committee: Opposes topic 15
No irresponsible spending on weapons military doesn't want: Favors topic 15
Form National Guard Cyber Protection Team: Favors topic 15
Maintain the strongest military force in the world: Strongly Favors topic 15
Irresponsible to spend on irrelevant weapon systems: Opposes topic 15
Technology empowers individuals but creates diverse threats: Favors topic 15
Incentives to train & hire troops returning home: Opposes topic 15
Exempt Veterans Affairs from federal hiring freeze: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+5 points on Social scale)
Wants new Voting Right Act; end gerrymandering: Strongly Favors topic 16
Even billionaires need transparency in confirmation hearings: Favors topic 16
Declined lavish perks as Newark City Councilor: Favors topic 16
Founding principle: make laws open to public debate: Favors topic 16
Threat to voting rights in America remains very real: Strongly Favors topic 16
Campaign PAC money shouldn't speak louder than people: Strongly Favors topic 16
Make it harder for wealthy to influence politicians: Strongly Favors topic 16
Matching fund for small donors, with debate requirements: Favors topic 16
Statehood for the District of Columbia: Favors topic 16
Automatic voter registration for all citizens: Strongly Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Get back into nuclear deal with Iran; negotiate if possible: Opposes topic 17
Not working with allies on Iran makes us weaker: Opposes topic 17
Support our allies, not our enemies: Opposes topic 17
End intervention in Yemen & Iran, but not Israel: Favors topic 17
Re-examine relationship with Saudi Arabia: Favors topic 17
All options on the table with Iran, including military: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Direct military intervention in Syria only as last resort: Favors topic 17
We're spending billions on a war based on unjust pretenses: Strongly Favors topic 17
Iran must accept long-term intrusive nuke inspection: Opposes topic 17
Hold Assad accountable for slaughter of civilians: Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Carbon tax should go to alleviating inequality: Favors topic 18
Rejoin Paris Climate Agreement, plus domestic legislation: Strongly Favors topic 18
Mixed score on "350 Action's 2020 Climate Test": Favors topic 18
Leadership in dealing with climate change, including nuclear: Favors topic 18
Supports tax-funded carbon reduction, but not carbon tax: Favors topic 18
Support existing nuclear power by pricing carbon: Neutral on topic 18
Climate change requires American leadership: Strongly Favors topic 18
Ice-melt is literally creating climate refugees: Favors topic 18
Rejoin Greenhouse Gas Initiative under Clean Power Plan: Favors topic 18
Treat carbon pollution like mercury and particle pollution: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sustainability programs: slow growth of carbon footprint: Favors topic 18
Eliminate unfair subsidies for oil and ga: Strongly Favors topic 18
Has never taken a public position on a carbon tax: Neutral on topic 18
Create green economy with lower carbon output: Strongly Favors topic 18
Federal collaboration for advanced nuclear technologies: Opposes topic 18
50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Remove cocaine sentencing disparities: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Marijuana Justice Act: decriminalize pot & expunge records: Opposes topic 19
Legalize marijuana nationally including recreational use: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Decriminalize marijuana; expunge past criminal records: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize marijuana federally, plus state incentives: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Opposes Drug War, but control border for opioid precursors: Favors topic 19
Give addicts treatment instead of long sentences: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Drug war isn't waged in privileged communities: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Staged sit-in at urban housing to disrupt drug trade: Strongly Favors topic 19
Minorities imprisoned for drugs at 6 times rate for whites: Opposes topic 19
End mandatory sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders: Strongly Opposes topic 19
The war on drugs has failed; support medical marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Never attracted to drink and drugs, even as teenager: Favors topic 19
Community courts for minor crimes like drug possession: Opposes topic 19
Rated B+ by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Keep ObamaCare's prevention, treatment, & recovery services: Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Pilot program to fund jobs paying at least $15/hour: Strongly Favors topic 20
Don't condemn high tech business; regulate them: Favors topic 20
2010 recession: sold city buildings and raised city taxes: Favors topic 20
We can't afford to ignore aging infrastructure anymore: Favors topic 20
SOAR Act: $25M for Startup Opportunity Accelerator: Strongly Favors topic 20
We will not be able to cut our way out of the jobs crisis: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Raise taxes because quick fix of cuts wasn't enough: Favors topic 20
One-time building sale, plus tax increase, to balance budget: Favors topic 20
Performance-based budgeting with no tax increases: Opposes topic 20
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2016: Favors topic 20

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