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Living History ,
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In Harm’s Way ,
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Abortion
    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: No restrictions before viability; exceptions after viability.
Budget & Economy
    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.
    Jeff Bell: Return to gold-dollar convertibility now.
Civil Rights
    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
    Chris Christie: $2.3 billion small business tax relief package.
    Jeff Bell: Low interest rates favor big businesses over small.
Crime
    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: Bipartisan solution to reduce recidivism.
    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
    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
    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.
    Bonnie Watson Coleman: Supports voluntary prayer in public schools.
    Jim McGreevey: Supports back-to-basics and tougher standards.
Energy & Oil
    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.
Environment
    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.
    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: Ensure that all workers have the right to earned sick leave.
    Steve Fulop: Require companies to grant paid sick leave.
    Steve Fulop: Require companies to grant paid sick leave.
Foreign Policy
    Phil Murphy: Former U.S. ambassador to Germany.
    Phil Murphy: Former U.S. ambassador to Germany, appointed by Obama.
    Cory Booker: No head in the sand; but no global police.
Free Trade
    Jeff Bell: Act on bilateral agreements with Colombia and South Korea.
Government Reform
    Josh Gottheimer: Fight to defend the Voting Rights Act.
    Phil Murphy: I don't owe the insiders anything.
    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.
    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
    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.
    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
    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.
    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
    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: 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
    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
    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: 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
    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
    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
    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
    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.
War & Peace
    Josh Gottheimer: No room for compromise in the war on terror.
    Donny DiFrancesco: Recognize Jerusalem as capital; honor Holocaust claims.
Welfare & Poverty
    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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