| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Cory Booker: OpEd: In mainstream of NJ, supporting abortion rights.
Steve Lonegan: Opposes abortion rights.
Bob Menendez: I'm pro-choice, not multiple-choice.
Joe Kyrillos: Pro-life in my affairs; pro-choice for society.
Joe Kyrillos: Supports parental notifications and waiting periods.
Dick Zimmer: Supports abortion rights.
Joe Pennacchio: Abortion only for rape, incest, or maternal life.
Robert Menendez: Judicial nominees must uphold Roe v. Wade.
Robert Menendez: Kean voted against stem-cell research six times; I didnít.
Thomas Kean Jr.: No litmus test for judicial nominees.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Menendez distorts my pro-stem-cell stance.
Robert Menendez: I support stem cell research 100%.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Opposed Bushís veto of federal stem cell legislation.
Budget & Economy|
Steve Lonegan: Opposes Hurricane Sandy funding; funding needs more scrutiny.
Barbara Buono: My budget work speaks for itself, including $11B deficit.
Bob Menendez: Opposes Romney-Ryan budget plan.
Joe Kyrillos: Opposes Jon Corzine economic strategy.
Joe Kyrillos: Wrong policy: Higher taxes, more spending, more debt.
Barbara Buono: Daughter is gay; supports same-sex marriage.
Chris Christie: If my kids were gay, I'd give them a hug; but no marriage.
Cory Booker: Supports gay marriage: We are all equal under the law.
Cory Booker: African-Americans & gays should both be equal under the law.
Steve Lonegan: Same-sex marriage should be decided by voting, not judges.
Barbara Buono: Push legislature to legalize gay marriage.
Chris Christie: Supreme Court accepting gay marriage was "a bad decision".
Bob Menendez: Evolved from supporting DOMA to supporting same-sex marriage.
Joe Kyrillos: Evolved from opposing civil unions to support over marriage.
Dick Zimmer: Supports Patriot Act as appropriate response.
Joe Pennacchio: DOMA instead of same-sex marriage.
Joe Pennacchio: No general affirmative action in state decisions.
Robert Menendez: Support affirmative action in all government contracts.
Robert Menendez: Supports Amendment banning flag-burning, a uniting symbol.
Robert Menendez: Supports 1-man-1-woman marriage, but donít take away rights.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Support merit-based initiatives, not affirmative action.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Supports Amendment banning flag-burning, a sacred symbol.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Supports 1-man-1-woman marriage, but no Amendment.
Jim McGreevey: Consider race and sex in making state contract decisions.
Chris Christie: Continue small business tax relief: no return to tax-&-spend.
Joe Kyrillos: Small business tax affects a lot of small business owners.
Chris Christie: Bail reform package: jail violent offenders before trial.
Cory Booker: Launch Fatherhood Center and pro-bono legal help for ex-cons.
Cory Booker: Police overhaul to change cronyism, favoritism, and cynicism.
Cory Booker: Applied "broken windows theory" in Newark policing.
Joe Pennacchio: Supports the death penalty.
Joe Pennacchio: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Co-sponsored bill establishing crime of human trafficking.
Jim McGreevey: Expand the death penalty & life sentences.
Jim McGreevey: Prosecute juveniles as adults; death penalty for 16-yr-olds.
Chris Christie: Drug treatment rather than non-violent offenders in prison.
Joe Kyrillos: Keep medical marijuana restricted.
Cory Booker: Never attracted to drink and drugs, even as teenager.
Joe Pennacchio: Strengthen penalties for meth & other drug offenses.
Robert Menendez: Review current marijuana laws for cases of incurable disease.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Opposes marijuana legalization; prosecute drug crimes fully.
Jim McGreevey: Strengthen penalties for drug-related crimes.
Cory Booker: Supports school voucher proposal, like other Democrats.
Rush Holt: Investments in higher education keep American Dream alive.
Chris Christie: Combine $8.9B in more funding with needed reform.
Chris Christie: Replace Abbott District funds with tenure reform & charters.
Chris Christie: Expand 73 charter schools to replace 200 failing schools.
Cory Booker: $120 million for "Teachers Village" where educators live.
Chris Christie: Build up colleges to support business, & avoid "brain drain".
Chris Daggett: Names educator, Prof. Frank Esposito, as running-mate.
Robert Menendez: Democrats pushed college tuition tax deductions.
Robert Menendez: Reducing duplication is no solution for education problems.
Robert Menendez: Educational Savings Accounts are only for the wealthy.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Focus on reducing fraud and duplication in Pell Grants.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Supports Educational Savings Accounts for college.
Energy & Oil|
Cory Booker: Has never taken a public position on a carbon tax.
Joe Pennacchio: Increase production of traditional domestic energy sources.
Robert Menendez: Past due time to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Reservations about Kyoto Protocol, but supports it locally.
Steve Lonegan: OpEd: wants to gut environmental regulations.
Chris Christie: New Jersey is being short-changed on Hurricane Sandy relief.
Cory Booker: Vegetarian because of environmental impact of eating meat.
Frank Pallone: Relax restrictions on over-fishing to help fishermen.
Robert Menendez: Supports the Polluter Pays Principle.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Supported Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act.
Families & Children|
Steve Lonegan: Marriage is the greatest institution; no kids for gays.
Robert Menendez: International sanctions against nuclear program in Iran.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Be steadfast against nuclear proliferation in Iran.
Cory Booker: China is engaging in unfair trade practices.
Barbara Buono: Making voting more difficult does not win elections.
Chris Christie: Vetoes expanded early-voting system; no side-by-side systems.
Joe Kyrillos: Cut spending, taxes and job-killing regulations.
Chris Christie: 10-point plan to punish criminal officeholders.
Jon Corzine: Crack down on "pay-to-play".
Joe Pennacchio: Limit all types of contributions, but not spending.
Robert Menendez: Keep the Senate filibuster rules, to encourage debate.
Robert Menendez: Allow dual-office holding for politicians, if voters choose.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Keep the Senate filibuster rules, to encourage negotiation.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Disallow dual-office holding for politicians.
Barbara Buono: Criticizes pressure from gun rights advocates.
Chris Christie: Vetoed outright ban on Barrett .50 caliber rifle.
Robert Menendez: Additional controls on handguns and rifles.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Uphold our current firearm laws.
Cory Booker: ObamaCare needs to be improved, but is helping people now.
Steve Lonegan: ObamaCare is an absolute train wreck.
Cory Booker: Control healthcare cost; no comment on single-payer.
Rush Holt: Supports universal single payer system, like VA system.
Steve Lonegan: Repeal ObamaCare; no middle ground on defending liberty.
Barbara Buono: NJ has lost half our pharmaceutical jobs.
Barbara Buono: Keep collective bargaining for health benefits.
Joe Pennacchio: Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility.
Robert Menendez: Additional taxes on wealthiest 1%, for medical coverage.
Thomas Kean Jr.: No additional taxes for medical coverage.
Robert Menendez: Shift from disease-based to prevention-based system.
Robert Menendez: Donít force choice of filling prescriptions or refrigerator.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Address Medicaid by cost containment & reducing fraud.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Medicare needs bipartisan independent reforms.
Steve Lonegan: No NSA wiretapping; stop gathering data on Americans.
Chris Christie: Fund Veteran to Veteran Peer Support Program.
Robert Menendez: Combat terrorism within court oversight to protect rights.
Robert Menendez: Punish terrorists within Geneva Convention.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Surveillance of personal data ok to win War on Terror.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Respect Geneva Conv. but be flexible in prosecuting terror.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Deploy missile defense system against North Korean threat.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Co-sponsored bill establishing Office of Counter-Terrorism.
Barbara Buono: Supports tuition equality for illegal immigrants.
Chris Christie: I've never been opposed to tuition equality for illegals.
Steve Lonegan: No on amnesty; tighter border security.
Robert Menendez: Enforcement-only means largest deportation in history.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Menendezí soft voting record on immigration is dangerous.
Chris Christie: I inherited 119,000 private-sector jobs lost.
Barbara Buono: N.J. unemployment worse than US average & surrounding states.
Chris Christie: 75,000 new private sector jobs since taking office in 2010.
Bob Menendez: Supports minimum wage increase.
Joe Kyrillos: Supports state law for minimum wage, but no Amendment.
Chris Christie: Ok with either unionized state workers or civil service.
Principles & Values|
Cory Booker: Money to cities is ok: we're one state with one destiny.
Bob Menendez: Elected mayor of Union City at 32.
Joe Kyrillos: If you think things are just fine, choose my opponent.
Joe Kyrillos: Introduced to his wife by Gov. Christie.
Chris Christie: The New Jersey Comeback: stop blaming; start building.
Dick Zimmer: Lautenberg is too old to serve another six-year term.
Frank Lautenberg: Age has nothing to do with whether or not you are effective.
Chris Christie: Pension reform: raise retirement age, suspend COLAs.
Chris Christie: Raise the retirement age, and limit COLA, for state workers.
Robert Menendez: Opposes privatization and fought Bushís privatization scheme.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Opposes both privatization and raising seniorsí taxes.
Robert Menendez: Against privatization; but says Kean has voted for it.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Against privatization; but says Menendez has supported it.
Chris Christie: 2012: Across-the-board tax cut; 2013: exclude over $400K.
Bob Menendez: We cannot simultaneously cut the deficit and cut taxes.
Chris Christie: Reduce all income tax brackets by 10% and restore EITC.
Chris Christie: Keep property tax rebate program.
Dick Zimmer: N.J. receives back only 61 cents on every federal tax dollar.
Robert Menendez: Repealing the estate Tax only benefits the wealthiest 1%.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Repeal the unfair Death Tax & the Marriage Penalty Tax.
Rush Holt: Research physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab until '98.
Bob Menendez: Helped promote NJ biotechnology and solar industries.
War & Peace|
Cory Booker: Direct military intervention in Syria only as last resort.
Robert Menendez: Iraq is a war of choice; based on misleading & false threats.
Robert Menendez: Biggest mistake in Iraq was going there in the first place.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Weíve made mistakes in Iraq, but must complete our objective.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Canít cut-and-run in Iraq; thatís a declaration of defeat.
Welfare & Poverty|
Chris Christie: Gut COAH, the Council on Affordable Housing.
Joe Pennacchio: Redirect welfare to faith-based organizations.
Jim McGreevey: Require unwed mothers to live at home to receive welfare.
Jim McGreevey: Require work to receive welfare.