Jon Corzine on Civil Rights
Democratic Jr Senator (NJ)
Consider race & sex in government hiring decisions
Indicate which principles you support regarding employment and affirmative action.
Source: 2000 Congressional National Political Awareness Test
Nov 1, 2000
- Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
- Increase the federal minimum wage.
- The federal government should consider
race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
- The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
- The federal government should utilize merit and qualifications in making government contracting decisions.
Supports "Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws"
AGREES: Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
Source: Vote-smart.org NPAT Issues questionnaire
Sep 20, 2000
Favors requiring companies to hire more women & minorities
The unemployment rate for African Americans today is more than twice that of white Americans, and the top ranks of corporate America remain almost exclusively white.
Plain and simple, the playing field is not yet level. I am an unequivocal supporter of affirmative action, and will fight right-wing attempts to distort its mission, which is to produce diversity and equal opportunity for all Americans.
Source: Web site VoteCorzine.org, "Unequivocal affirmative action"
Sep 19, 2000
End Racial Profiling
Racial profiling must be prohibited in New Jersey and everywhere in America, and to assure that it is, the Justice Department should collect and analyze the statistics documenting the race of those who are
stopped by police officers, and the disposition of those stops. Police departments should reflect the diversity of the communities they are protecting.
Source: Web site www.votecorzine.org
Sep 12, 2000
Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes.
Motion to Invoke Cloture on S. 625; Local Law Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2001. The bill would expand the definition of hate crimes to incorporate acts committed because of a victim's sex, sexual orientation or disability and permit the federal government to help states prosecute hate crimes even if no federally protected action was implicated. If the cloture motion is agreed to, debate will be limited and a vote will occur. If the cloture motion is rejected debate could continue indefinitely and instead the bill is usually set aside. Hence a Yes vote supports the expansion of the definition of hate crimes, and a No vote keeps the existing definition. Three-fifths of the Senate, or 60 members, is required to invoke cloture.
; vote number 2002-147
on Jun 11, 2002
Voted NO on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping.
Motion to table (kill) the amendment that would provide that in order to conduct roving surveillance, the person implementing the order must ascertain that the target of the surveillance is present in the house or is using the phone that has been tapped.
; vote number 2001-300
on Oct 11, 2001
Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record.
Corzine scores 60% by the ACLU on civil rights issues
The mission of the ACLU is to preserve protections and guarantees America’s original civic values - the Constitution and the Bill of Rights:
We work also to extend rights to segments of our population that have traditionally been denied their rights, including Native Americans and other people of color; lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgendered people; women; mental-health patients; prisoners; people with disabilities; and the poor. If the rights of society’s most vulnerable members are denied, everybody’s rights are imperiled.
- Your First Amendment rights-freedom of speech, association and assembly. Freedom of the press, and freedom of religion supported by the strict separation of church and state.
- Your right to equal protection under the law - equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.
- Your right to due process - fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.Your right to privacy - freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.
Our ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
Source: ACLU website 02n-ACLU on Dec 31, 2002