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Hirsh Singh: We must stop radical Islamic terrorism, with military

Q: What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

A: We must stop radical Islamic terrorism. We must ensure the US always has the strongest most powerful military in the world. Public schools should more thoroughly be teaching American values of the US Constitution including liberty and life to help assimilate individuals that want to be American. The American Dream has the ability to take the teeth out of radical Islamic terror but we need to unshackle our economy so that it can thrive for each and every one of us. Barriers to economic success might be a cause. Abroad, US Military assets should identify bad actors that are inciting violent propaganda against the US and Western values. Potential threats should be identified that interact with these bad actors and this information should be provided to US Border Security & Customs officials. Any threat should be barred entry to the US with the ability to appeal in a publicly available forum.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 New Jersey Senate race Nov 3, 2020

Rik Mehta: Bring our troops home when it's not our war

Freedom is never free. It's never wrong for the President to bring American troops home and reunite them with their families. Countries that have a closer geographic interest to war-torn regions, such as Syria and the Middle East, must pull their own weight and work to maintain peace. We must bring our troops home when it's not our war. These brave men and women have sacrificed everything to protect our nation, and we owe it to them to take care of them when they exit active duty.
Source: 2020 New Jersey Senate campaign website Mar 18, 2020

Robert Menendez: Is Trump acting for Russia and Turkey or willfully blind?

"As if clearing the way for a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Syrian Kurds wasn't enough, President Trump seems determined to keep handing political and military victories to Russia and Syria, kowtowing to Turkey, and opening the door for further Iranian expansion in the region," said Menendez. "The only question remaining is whether President Trump is acting directly at the behest of Russian and Turkish leaders, or whether he is willfully blind to his own failures."
Source: Dallas Morning News on 2018 New Jersey Senate race Oct 23, 2019

Chris Murphy: Oppose sale of precision guided bombs to Saudi Arabia

A bipartisan majority in Congress voted to halt U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen but President Trump vetoed the legislation last month.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey has held up the sale of precision guided bombs to Saudi Arabia since April 2018. The senator has blocked the sale from going forward over allegations from human rights groups that Saudi-led forces have failed to safeguard civilian lives and carried out indiscriminate bombing in Yemen. Riyadh rejects the allegations.

Menendez and other lawmakers also have expressed outrage over the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018. The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the journalist's killing, according to a person briefed on the CIA's assessment.

Source: NBC News on 2018 New Jersey Senate race May 22, 2019

Robert Menendez: Oppose bombs to Saudi Arabia; no national security emergency

Murphy warned that the Trump administration is considering a move to bypass Congress and push through the sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia by declaring a national security emergency.

Murphy, an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia's human rights record and its military campaign in Yemen, expressed concern over the possible action in a series of tweets. "Trump may use an obscure loophole in the Arms Control Act and notice a major new sale of bombs to Saudi Arabia (the ones they drop in Yemen) in a way that will prevent Congress from objecting." Murphy wrote. "Arms control law allows Congress to reject a sale to a foreign country. But Trump would claim the sale constitutes an 'emergency' which means Congress can't take a vote of disapproval. It would go through automatically," Murphy tweeted.

Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen against Houthi rebels, marked by a heavy civilian death toll from air strikes, and the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has fueled growing hostility in Congress

Source: NBC News on 2018 New Jersey Senate race May 22, 2019

Bob Hugin: Iran used nuclear deal to export terrorism

Q: Support Trump withdrawal from multinational Iran nuclear treaty?

Robert Hugin (R): Yes. "Iran has used the resources they received from the United States [as part of the deal] to export terrorism."

Robert Menendez (D): No. "Grave mistake to walk away without a plan" to ensure Iran doesn't restart nuclear weapon program.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on New Jersey Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Robert Menendez: Selling arms to Saudi Arabia makes crisis in Yemen

Q: Should US sell arms to Saudi Arabia? (before Kashoggi murder)

Robert Hugin (R): No stand found.

Robert Menendez (D): Hesitant. Concerned that Saudi war in Yemen furthers human rights crisis.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on New Jersey Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Robert Menendez: Grave mistake to walk away from Iran nuke deal without plan

Q: Support Trump withdrawal from multinational Iran nuclear treaty?

Robert Hugin (R): Yes. "Iran has used the resources they received from the United States [as part of the deal] to export terrorism."

Robert Menendez (D): No. "Grave mistake to walk away without a plan" to ensure Iran doesn't restart nuclear weapon program.

Source: 2018 Issue Guide on New Jersey Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Josh Gottheimer: No room for compromise in the war on terror

I believe that there is no room for compromise in the war on terror--against ISIS, against Al-Qaeda, and other burgeoning threats around the world. With the rise of ISIS and recent horrific terror attacks, we must be even more vigilant to protect our families and secure our citizens from threats, both foreign and domestic. We must eliminate ISIS to prevent the next 9/11, secure our nation's borders, equip our military and law enforcement agencies with the training and cutting-edge resources they need, and protect our communities from lone-wolf terrorists. We must stand by our military, veterans and first responders who put their lives on the line every day and ensure that they have the best possible care, when they serve and after. There is no room for compromise against terror.
Source: 2016 New Jersey House campaign website Nov 8, 2016

Cory Booker: All options on the table with Iran, including military

As a state sponsor of terrorism, Iran poses a threat to American security, a threat made worse by their pursuit of nuclear technology in defiance of the international community & their own treaty obligations. A nuclear-armed Iran is plainly unacceptable.

Iranians recently elected a new President who has taken a less confrontational tone and positioned himself as open to negotiation.

The president is right to keep all options, including military action, on the table while vigorously pursuing both international sanctions and a negotiated settlement that prevents Iran from gaining nuclear weapons. Today, sanctions have imposed real and increasing harm on Iran's economy and isolated them from the international community. Pursuing these diplomatic and economic actions must continue while there is time, because while all options should remain on the table, the cost of military action to end the Iranian nuclear program could be very high for us and our allies in the region.

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

Donny DiFrancesco: Recognize Jerusalem as capital; honor Holocaust claims

Source: New Jersey congressional voting records Dec 25, 2000

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