State of New Jersey secondary Archives: on Homeland Security

Bob Hugin: Syrian airstrikes no "kabuki show" to our brave military

Sen. Menendez characterized the recent airstrikes in Syria as "kabuki." The airstrikes, targeted Syrian sites associated with their chemical-weapons capabilities as a response to an attack last week that killed over 43 civilians. Hugin released the statement: "Sen. Menendez suggesting that the military strike was a 'kabuki show' is an insult to the brave men and women in our military who carried out this apparently flawless, precision strike against the Assad regime," said Hugin.
Source: 2018 New Jersey Senate campaign website Jun 21, 2018

Cory Booker: Public oversight needed for NSA domestic spying

Both Booker and Lonegan, on their campaign websites, offer their views on a range of foreign policy issues. Booker calls for boosting cyber security, asserting that New Jersey's power plants, oil pipelines and water systems remain vulnerable to a terrorist attack. Lonegan supports ending the surveillance of US citizens via the National Security Agency, which he has made a central campaign issue.

Booker has been less vocal on that topic, but says on his website that "we failed as a nation to thoroughly debate and create public oversight before this highly-questionable data collection began."

Lonegan opposes any United Nations treaties that would undercut U.S. sovereignty. Booker casts environmentalism in a national security context in endorsing further development of clean energy sources. He asserts that the U.S. is sending billions of dollars overseas to obtain oil, which ends up aiding terrorist groups and hostile regimes.

Source: WHYY on 2014 New Jersey Senate race Oct 14, 2013

Cory Booker: Maintain the strongest military force in the world

America has, and must continue to maintain, the strongest military force in the world. Our fighting men and women deserve the equipment they need to accomplish their missions, responsible planning necessary to ensure their success, and the care they were promised when they return home. These things are not negotiable.

The military threats of the future look very different than the challenges we faced in the 80s, 90s, or even just a few years ago, and America's military needs to keep up. Without a major adversary like the Soviet Union, smaller nontraditional conflicts and interventions are more likely to be the rule, even as we refocus on asserting power in the Pacific. That is why military spending should be driven by a strategy to meet future threats, rather than an arbitrary number invented for political posturing or an attempt to fight the wars of past.

Source: 2013-2014 New Jersey Senate campaign web Nov 3, 2013

Cory Booker: Irresponsible to spend on irrelevant weapon systems

For too long, Congress has been spending money on weapons our military doesn't want, weapons envisioned for wars never fought against enemies that no longer exist. That doesn't make us any safer--in fact, it makes us less safe by siphoning funds away from essential training and spending on relevant weapons systems. This irresponsible spending is even less acceptable at a time when sequestration is forcing across-the-board cuts--to military priorities essential and superfluous alike.
Source: 2013-2014 New Jersey Senate campaign web Nov 3, 2013

Donny DiFrancesco: Fund domestic terrorism preparedness

Source: New Jersey congressional voting records Dec 25, 2000

Jeff Bell: Defense hawk and foreign-policy interventionist

Bell, an eloquent and ardent pro-lifer, defense hawk, and foreign-policy interventionist, ties nearly every issue he's asked about back to the destructive power of paper money. "Washington's political elites and Wall Street's financial elites are deathly afraid that cutting off the dollar printing press will hasten a new financial crisis," the letter goes on. "They may well be right. [Meanwhile], the U.S. economy is trapped in a bleak landscape and the middle class continues to be ground down."
Source: Weekly Standard on 2014 New Jersey Senate race Sep 1, 2013

Jeff Bell: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal

Question topic: The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Bell: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Jersey Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Joe Rullo: Eliminate state income taxes on all veterans' pensions

I want to make NJ the capital of where veterans can count on love, respect, and the care a hero deserves. I want NJ to be the model of how veterans should be treated. As Governor I pledge:
Source: 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial campaign website Jan 17, 2017

Kim Guadagno: Head of the Military Growth Task Force

New Jersey is home to more than 420,000 veterans and the military directly or indirectly supports 73,000 local jobs, adding $6.5 billion to our state's GDP. Kim understands that our military personnel and veterans are a vital part of New Jersey's economic and cultural fabric--her son is a second lieutenant in the United States Air Force. Kim will strengthen our state's commitment to the military and our veterans to help strengthen our communities. As the head of the Military Growth Task Force, Kim played a pivotal role in winning the award of KC46As to the Joint Base that virtually guarantees the bases' vitality for decades to come. A Guadagno administration will be committed to protecting our state's military installations, connecting veterans with jobs and make it easier for military families to call New Jersey home.
Source: 2017 New Jersey gubernatorial campaign website Feb 3, 2017

Murray Sabrin: Maintain a superior nuclear arsenal

Question topic: The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Sabrin: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 New Jersey Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Phil Murphy: Create new NJ department responsible for veterans

New Jersey has more than 435,000 proud veterans. They have served us valiantly at home and abroad and have had our back in times of war and peace--and it's past time that we had theirs.

Phil Murphy has worked with Marlboro Councilman and U.S. Army Colonel Jeff Cantor to develop a new plan forward that divides New Jersey's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMAVA) into two separate agencies--one with responsibility for the National Guard and another responsible for veterans.

Source: 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial website, Sep 19, 2016

Rich Pezzullo: Spying on citizens not needed against criminals & terrorists

Rich believes the previous administration's harassment of citizens through the IRS and spying on citizens through the NSA needs to be stopped. He rejects the notion that government needs to increase spying on American citizens in order to fight criminals and terrorists.
Source: 2018 New Jersey Senate campaign website Jan 1, 2018

Seth Kaper-Dale: Help refugees, don't fear them

Asylum Seekers need to be better cared for while detained in our state, and they need to be treated with respect and dignity upon release. The unfair language about refugees 'flooding our shores' and the story of the danger they bring is short-sighted and embarrassing. My Administration would work to put New Jersey among the leaders in refugee resettlement.
Source: 2018 New Jersey Governor website Aug 8, 2017

Steve Fulop: Denounced theory that Jersey City Muslims cheered 9/11

Mayor Steven Fulop is the Jersey City mayor who has become closely connected to the city's sizable Muslim community. It was Fulop who led a press conference this year denouncing Donald Trump's claims about watching Jersey City Muslims cheer on 9/11. With his own future as a gubernatorial candidate in play, Fulop's also been encouraging his Muslim constituents to get more involved in the political process.

Under his leadership, Jersey City has become one of the state's fastest-growing municipalities, and its most politically progressive. It's also the most diverse city in the nation, according to a 2015 report, with nearly 40% of residents foreign-born.

A lot of people seem surprised that Jersey City's sizeable Muslim population has thrown its support behind a Jewish mayor. How did that develop? Fulop answered, "Pakistanis were the first to support me. We also have a huge Egyptian community. I've spent a lot of time with them, over holidays, in mosques."

Source: The Forward on 2017 New Jersey Gubernatorial race Sep 5, 2016

Thomas Kean Jr.: Co-sponsored bill establishing Office of Counter-Terrorism

S66 Establishes the Office of Counter-Terrorism in but not of the Department of Law and Public Safety.

This bill would establish the Office of Counter-Terrorism in but not of the Department of Law and Public Safety. The office already exists, however this legislation would permanently codify the office in statute, and would also enhance the existing mission and authority of the office.

The office would be supervised by a director, who would be appointed by and serve at the pleasure of the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Director of the Office of Counter-Terrorism would report to the Attorney General on matters relating to the enforcement and prosecution of criminal business in the State and to the Governor on all matters relating to homeland security. The bill would create a dedicated, non-lapsing fund to be known as the "Counter-Terrorism Fund." The director would administer any money appropriated by the Legislature to the fund.

Source: New Jersey State legislative voting records, Bill S66 Jan 10, 2006

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