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Chris Christie on VoteMatch


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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
1996: partial birth procedure is reprehensible: Opposes topic 1
1994: Donated to Planned Parenthood; opposed public donation: Favors topic 1
I'm pro-life with exceptions; take it or leave it: Opposes topic 1
Life is precious and should be protected: Strongly Opposes topic 1
"Default pro-choice" until hearing 13-week fetal heartbeat: Opposes topic 1
Pro-life; the life of every human being is precious: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Vetoed closure of Developmental Disabilities Centers: Favors topic 2
No opinion on topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(0 points on Social scale)
If my kids were gay, I'd give them a hug; but no marriage: Neutral on topic 3
Homosexuality is not a sin; people are born that way: Favors topic 3
Marriage is an institution between one man & one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Pursue civil unions in NJ, but not same-sex marriage: Favors topic 3
Homosexuals are born that way; they're not sinners: Strongly Favors topic 3
Marriage exclusively between one man and one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
1996: Working poor hurt by limits on childcare subsidies: Opposes topic 4
Catholicism informs who I am; but not my political decisions: Opposes topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Expand Medicare, but no N.J. ObamaCare exchange: Favors topic 5
Allow insurers to sell "mandate-free" policies: Opposes topic 5
$159M for community health centers for the most vulnerable: Favors topic 5
3.2% funding increase for National Institutes of Health: Strongly Favors topic 5
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Raise the retirement age, and limit COLA, for state workers: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Dems believe in teacher's unions; we believe in teachers: Favors topic 7
Allow students in failing schools to attend better schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
1999: Lobbied for Edison Schools, for-profit school operator: Favors topic 7
Replace Abbott District funds with tenure reform & charters: Strongly Favors topic 7
Expand 73 charter schools to replace 200 failing schools: Favors topic 7
Public education system is failing; increase accountability: Favors topic 7
Children attend parochial school: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(+2 points on Social scale)
Rejected $9B transit project as "tunnel to Macy's basement": Favors topic 8
$157 million for Green Acres open-space acquisition: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Bail reform: Keep dangerous criminals in jail until trial: Strongly Favors topic 9
1994: Pushed for faster construction of county jail: Favors topic 9
1995 juvenile justice plan: individualized to child's needs: Opposes topic 9
Bail reform package: jail violent offenders before trial: Strongly Favors topic 9
Disallow charging sexual assault victims for forensic exams: Favors topic 9
As US Attorney, won 130 corruption cases and lost none: Favors topic 9
Stand against child pornography and human trafficking: Favors topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Vetoed outright ban on Barrett .50 caliber rifle: Favors topic 10
We already have too many firearms in our community: Strongly Opposes topic 10
2009: No right-to-carry cross-state reciprocity: Opposes topic 10
Favors gun control measures from law-enforcement perspective: Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
2012: Across-the-board tax cut; 2013: exclude over $400K: Opposes topic 11
2009: Single tax rate would raise taxes for low earners: Strongly Favors topic 11
OpEd: Vetoed "Millionaire's Tax" on wealthiest New Jerseyans: Strongly Opposes topic 11
We can and we must lower taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Path to citizenship in context of fixing broken system: Favors topic 12
I've never been opposed to tuition equality for illegals: Favors topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
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Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-3 points on Economic scale)
America should be clear to world about what we stand for: Favors topic 14
Remain vigilant but stay connected to rest of the world: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
New isolationism, & reducing anti-terrorism, is dangerous: Favors topic 15
Second American Century: strong military & sure values: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strengthen support network for military families: Favors topic 15
Fund Veteran to Veteran Peer Support Program: Strongly Favors topic 15
We ARE the leader in Libya; we MUST be the world's police: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(+2 points on Social scale)
Vetoes expanded early-voting system; no side-by-side systems: Opposes topic 16
Stricter limits on PAC campaign donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Prosecuted politicians & their cronies, including jail time: Favors topic 16
Allow just one public salary for state legislators: Favors topic 16
More control over state commissions: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
Iranian nukes are profoundly against our national security: Opposes topic 17
I'm not a nation-building guy; we've achieved Afghan goals: Favors topic 17
Don't pull troops out of Afghanistan until military says so: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Consider windmills off NJ coast: Strongly Favors topic 18
Pulled out of ten-state Regional Greenhouse Gas program: Opposes topic 18
Jersey shore for tourism instead of offshore drilling: Favors topic 18
$100 supplement for seniors' home cooling assistance: Favors topic 18
The future for New Jersey is in green energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Incentivize energy manufacturing & wind turbines: Strongly Favors topic 18
Make NJ a magnet for renewable energy manufacturer: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+2 points on Social scale)
Drug courts: mandate treatment, not imprisonment: Opposes topic 19
1995: Applied 25% of county salary to drug addict residence: Opposes topic 19
Drug treatment rather than non-violent offenders in prison: Opposes topic 19
Outlaw designer drugs labeled as "bath salts": Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
2011: 2% cap on most cities' municipal spending: Opposes topic 20
Cut business taxes by $600 million annually: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Reduce all income tax brackets by 10% and restore EITC: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Erased $11B in budget deficit via spending cuts: Opposes topic 20
NJ has highest state tax burden & it's getting worse: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Other governors' VoteMatch: Chris Christie on the issues:
NJ Gubernatorial:
Barbara Buono
Cory Booker
NJ Senatorial:
Cory Booker
Frank Pallone
Jeff Bell
Jeff Chiesa
Murray Sabrin
Robert Menendez
Rush Holt
Steve Lonegan

Election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hoefling(R) vs.Hatch(D)
MA: Coakley(D) &Polito(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D) vs.Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
Civil Rights
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Local Issues
Social Security
Tax Reform

Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry

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Page last updated: Sep 22, 2014