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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
The Truths We Hold,
by Kamala Harris (2019)
Smart on Crime,
by Kamala Harris (2010)
Guide to Political Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
Where We Go From Here,
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
Conscience of a Conservative,
by Jeff Flake (2017)
Two Paths,
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
Every Other Monday,
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
Courage is Contagious,
by John Kasich (1998)
Shortest Way Home,
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

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State of New Jersey Politicians: Archives

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  • Barbara Buono (18) New Jersey Democratic Challenger
  • Chris Christie (35) New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Chris Daggett (1) New Jersey Independent Challenger (2009)
  • Cory Booker (16) New Jersey Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
  • Dick Zimmer (4) Republican Senate challenger New Jersey
  • Frank Lautenberg (1) Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) New Jersey
  • Frank Pallone (1) Democrat U.S. Rep New Jersey-6
  • Jeff Bell (22) Republican Senate challenger New Jersey
  • Jim McGreevey (6) Former Democratic Governor (2002-2004)
  • Joe Kyrillos (11) Republican Challenger New Jersey
  • Joe Pennacchio (10) Republican challenger (2008) New Jersey
  • John Wisniewski (4) New Jersey Democrat
  • Jon Corzine (1) New Jersey Former Democrat (until 2009)
  • Murray Sabrin (13) Republican Senate Challenger New Jersey
  • Phil Murphy (32) New Jersey Democratic 2021 Gubernatorial contender
  • Ray Lesniak (7) New Jersey Democratic 2017 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Robert Menendez (34) Democrat U.S. Rep New Jersey-13
  • Rush Holt (3) Democrat (retiring 2014) U.S. Rep New Jersey-12
  • Spencer Cox (1) Utah Republican Gubernatorial Challenger
  • Steve Fulop (10) New Jersey Democratic 2017 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Steve Lonegan (9) Republican Senate Challenger New Jersey
  • Thomas Kean Jr. (27) Republican U.S. Rep New Jersey-7
  • Tom MacArthur (18) Republican House Member U.S. Rep New Jersey-3
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    Barbara Buono: Promote potentially life-saving stem cell research.
    Cory Booker: OpEd: In mainstream of NJ, supporting abortion rights.
    Dick Zimmer: Supports abortion rights.
    Jeff Bell: Science demonstrates that the unborn are human.
    Jeff Bell: Ban abortion after 20 weeks, or for sex selection.
    Joe Kyrillos: Supports parental notifications and waiting periods.
    Joe Kyrillos: Pro-life in my affairs; pro-choice for society.
    Joe Pennacchio: Abortion only for rape, incest, or maternal life.
    John Wisniewski: Abortions should always be legal.
    Murray Sabrin: Evolved from pro-choice & anti-partial birth to pro-life.
    Phil Murphy: Support funding for Planned Parenthood.
    Robert Menendez: I'm pro-choice, not multiple-choice.
    Robert Menendez: I support stem cell research 100%.
    Robert Menendez: Judicial nominees must uphold Roe v. Wade.
    Robert Menendez: Kean voted against stem-cell research six times; I didn't.
    Steve Lonegan: Opposes abortion rights.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Opposed Bush's veto of federal stem cell legislation.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: No litmus test for judicial nominees.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Menendez distorts my pro-stem-cell stance.
    Tom MacArthur: Choose life, including his own special needs baby.
Budget & Economy
    Barbara Buono: My budget work speaks for itself, including $11B deficit.
    Jeff Bell: Market-led recovery instead of stimulus.
    Joe Kyrillos: Wrong policy: Higher taxes, more spending, more debt.
    Joe Kyrillos: Opposes Jon Corzine economic strategy.
    Murray Sabrin: Supports balanced budget and less spending.
    Murray Sabrin: Federal Reserve: unelected bureaucrats harming our economy.
    Robert Menendez: Opposes Romney-Ryan budget plan.
    Steve Lonegan: Opposes Hurricane Sandy funding; funding needs more scrutiny.
    Tom MacArthur: Fight for a balanced budget amendment.
    Phil Murphy: Netflix production hub shows NJ is ready for our close up.
    Phil Murphy: More than $1B to support revitalizing our downtowns.
Civil Rights
    Barbara Buono: Push legislature to legalize gay marriage.
    Barbara Buono: Daughter is gay; supports same-sex marriage.
    Chris Christie: Supreme Court accepting gay marriage was "a bad decision".
    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.
    Dick Zimmer: Supports Patriot Act as appropriate response.
    Jeff Bell: Government should uphold one-man-one-woman marriage.
    Jeff Bell: I do not support affirmative action.
    Jim McGreevey: Consider race and sex in making state contract decisions.
    Joe Kyrillos: Evolved from opposing civil unions to support over marriage.
    Joe Pennacchio: DOMA instead of same-sex marriage.
    Joe Pennacchio: No general affirmative action in state decisions.
    John Wisniewski: No affirmative action in state hiring.
    Phil Murphy: Equal pay for equal work by gender.
    Phil Murphy: Expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals.
    Ray Lesniak: Evolved from supporter of LGBT rights to an advocate.
    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 don't take away rights.
    Robert Menendez: Evolved from supporting DOMA to supporting same-sex marriage.
    Steve Fulop: Hung rainbow flag on City Hall when gay marriage legalized.
    Steve Lonegan: Same-sex marriage should be decided by voting, not judges.
    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.
    Tom MacArthur: Marriage between man and woman, but leave it to states.
    Chris Christie: Continue small business tax relief: no return to tax-&-spend.
    Joe Kyrillos: Small business tax affects a lot of small business owners.
    Murray Sabrin: Call for personal and business tax cuts.
    Chris Christie: Bail reform package: jail violent offenders before trial.
    Chris Christie: Bail reform: Keep dangerous criminals in jail until trial.
    Chris Christie: Ban the box: don't ask job applicants about criminal record.
    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.
    Jeff Bell: Stricter punishment reduces crime.
    Jim McGreevey: Expand the death penalty & life sentences.
    Jim McGreevey: Prosecute juveniles as adults; death penalty for 16-yr-olds.
    Joe Pennacchio: Supports the death penalty.
    Joe Pennacchio: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    John Wisniewski: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
    Phil Murphy: For-profit prison industry targets communities of color.
    Ray Lesniak: Hundreds wrongfully convicted have likely been executed.
    Steve Fulop: Citizen complaints against police--and crime--are way down.
    Phil Murphy: Top priority is tightening laws against car theft.
    Chris Christie: Drug treatment rather than non-violent offenders in prison.
    Chris Christie: Drug courts: mandate treatment, not imprisonment.
    Chris Christie: Jailing & stigmatizing addiction victims won't help.
    Cory Booker: Never attracted to drink and drugs, even as teenager.
    Jeff Bell: Decriminalizing pot will only produce more pot users.
    Jim McGreevey: Strengthen penalties for drug-related crimes.
    Joe Kyrillos: Keep medical marijuana restricted.
    Joe Pennacchio: Strengthen penalties for meth & other drug offenses.
    Phil Murphy: Addiction is an illness, & treatable with right resources.
    Ray Lesniak: Drug courts make our community safer, and save money.
    Robert Menendez: Review current marijuana laws for cases of incurable disease.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Opposes marijuana legalization; prosecute drug crimes fully.
    Tom MacArthur: Treatment instead of prison for non-violent offenders.
    Barbara Buono: Provide equitable K-12 funding across New Jersey.
    Chris Christie: Build up colleges to support business, & avoid "brain drain".
    Chris Christie: Expand 73 charter schools to replace 200 failing schools.
    Chris Christie: Replace Abbott District funds with tenure reform & charters.
    Chris Christie: Combine $8.9B in more funding with needed reform.
    Chris Daggett: Names educator, Prof. Frank Esposito, as running-mate.
    Cory Booker: $120 million for "Teachers Village" where educators live.
    Cory Booker: Supports school voucher proposal, like other Democrats.
    Jeff Bell: Expand school choice via Education Savings Accounts.
    Jeff Bell: I support prayer in schools.
    Murray Sabrin: Federal tax credits to enroll children in successful school.
    Phil Murphy: High stakes, high stress standardized tests must end.
    Phil Murphy: Our public schools are part of what makes this state great.
    Phil Murphy: Can't get economy right without getting higher ed right.
    Phil Murphy: New Jersey expanding pre-K and childcare; we know it works.
    Ray Lesniak: Invest in education, for the future of our society.
    Robert Menendez: Reducing duplication is no solution for education problems.
    Robert Menendez: Educational Savings Accounts are only for the wealthy.
    Robert Menendez: Democrats pushed college tuition tax deductions.
    Rush Holt: Investments in higher education keep American Dream alive.
    Steve Fulop: Returned city public school system from state control.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Focus on reducing fraud and duplication in Pell Grants.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Supports Educational Savings Accounts for college.
    Tom MacArthur: Tenure reform & charter schools; but public schools too.
Energy & Oil
    Barbara Buono: Invest in our solar and renewable energy industries.
    Cory Booker: Has never taken a public position on a carbon tax.
    Jeff Bell: End $24 billion in green energy subsidies.
    Joe Pennacchio: Increase production of traditional domestic energy sources.
    Phil Murphy: Rejoin Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
    Robert Menendez: Past due time to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Reservations about Kyoto Protocol, but supports it locally.
    Tom MacArthur: Support Keystone XL & expanded domestic drilling.
    Phil Murphy: Primed to be a leader on the East Coast in offshore-wind.
    Barbara Buono: Stop pollution waivers: they dirty our air and water.
    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.
    Jeff Bell: Supports human needs over animal rights.
    John Wisniewski: State cleanup of contaminated industrial sites.
    Phil Murphy: Protect Jersey Shore from oil & Pinelands' open space.
    Ray Lesniak: Champion animal rights for both pets & wild animals.
    Robert Menendez: Supports the Polluter Pays Principle.
    Steve Fulop: Take the fight to the polluters: they pay FULL cleanup cost.
    Steve Lonegan: OpEd: wants to gut environmental regulations.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Supported Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act.
    Tom MacArthur: Federal funds for Sandy Recovery, not more flood insurance.
    Tom MacArthur: Fund estuary preservation for water & recreation.
Families & Children
    Barbara Buono: Passed historic family leave legislation.
    Phil Murphy: Guarantee earned sick leave statewide.
    Steve Lonegan: Marriage is the greatest institution; no kids for gays.
Foreign Policy
    Jeff Bell: Maintain US sovereignty from UN.
    Murray Sabrin: A common sense, humble, noninterventionist foreign policy.
    Robert Menendez: International sanctions against nuclear program in Iran.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Be steadfast against nuclear proliferation in Iran.
    Tom MacArthur: Focus on alliance with Israel and peace through strength.
    Phil Murphy: New Jersey proudly stands with the people of Ukraine.
Free Trade
    Cory Booker: China is engaging in unfair trade practices.
    Jeff Bell: Support & expand free trade.
    Tom MacArthur: Free market policies based on private sector experience.
Government Reform
    Barbara Buono: Making voting more difficult does not win elections.
    Chris Christie: 10-point plan to punish criminal officeholders.
    Chris Christie: Vetoes expanded early-voting system; no side-by-side systems.
    Chris Christie: Consolidate duplicative town governments into single towns.
    Chris Christie: There's no solid evidence that 2020 election was stolen.
    Jeff Bell: Higher campaign contributions will help non-incumbents.
    Joe Kyrillos: Cut spending, taxes and job-killing regulations.
    Joe Pennacchio: Limit all types of contributions, but not spending.
    Jon Corzine: Crack down on "pay-to-play".
    Murray Sabrin: Government that governs least governs best.
    Phil Murphy: Automatic voter registration, online, and same-day.
    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.
Gun Control
    Barbara Buono: Restrict military grade and high capacity magazines.
    Barbara Buono: Criticizes pressure from gun rights advocates.
    Chris Christie: Vetoed outright ban on Barrett .50 caliber rifle.
    Jeff Bell: Gun violence rooted in social breakdown, not gun ownership.
    Phil Murphy: Gun violence epidemic is a public health crisis.
    Ray Lesniak: Ban 50-caliber bullets & assault weapons.
    Robert Menendez: Additional controls on handguns and rifles.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Uphold our current firearm laws.
    Tom MacArthur: Defend right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.
Health Care
    Barbara Buono: Expand health care for low-income New Jerseyans.
    Barbara Buono: NJ has lost half our pharmaceutical jobs.
    Barbara Buono: Keep collective bargaining for health benefits.
    Cory Booker: Control healthcare cost; no comment on single-payer.
    Cory Booker: ObamaCare needs to be improved, but is helping people now.
    Jeff Bell: Replace ObamaCare with tax credits & special coverage.
    Joe Pennacchio: Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility.
    Phil Murphy: Fight for-profit right-wing agenda to gut ObamaCare.
    Robert Menendez: Don't force choice of filling prescriptions or refrigerator.
    Robert Menendez: Shift from disease-based to prevention-based system.
    Robert Menendez: Additional taxes on wealthiest 1%, for medical coverage.
    Rush Holt: Supports universal single payer system, like VA system.
    Steve Lonegan: Repeal ObamaCare; no middle ground on defending liberty.
    Steve Lonegan: ObamaCare is an absolute train wreck.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Address Medicaid by cost containment & reducing fraud.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Medicare needs bipartisan independent reforms.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: No additional taxes for medical coverage.
    Tom MacArthur: Repeal ObamaCare, then fix insurance industry & tort reform.
Homeland Security
    Chris Christie: Fund Veteran to Veteran Peer Support Program.
    Jeff Bell: Expand the military.
    Murray Sabrin: Defend against massive surveillance of emails & phone calls.
    Phil Murphy: Focus Veterans agency on mental health & employment support.
    Robert Menendez: Combat terrorism within court oversight to protect rights.
    Robert Menendez: Punish terrorists within Geneva Convention.
    Steve Fulop: End veteran homelessness.
    Steve Fulop: Signed up for Marine Corps after Sept. 11.
    Steve Lonegan: No NSA wiretapping; stop gathering data on Americans.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Deploy missile defense system against North Korean threat.
    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.
    Tom MacArthur: Opposes Obama's deep cuts to military spending.
    Tom MacArthur: NSA should not be spying on American citizens.
    Barbara Buono: Supports tuition equality for illegal immigrants.
    Chris Christie: I've never been opposed to tuition equality for illegals.
    Jeff Bell: Support pathway to citizenship, plus guest workers.
    Murray Sabrin: Secure our borders from foreign terror & illegal immigration.
    Murray Sabrin: The Sabrin Solution: Official English and no amnesty.
    Phil Murphy: Oppose efforts to use police to assist in mass deportations.
    Robert Menendez: Enforcement-only means largest deportation in history.
    Steve Lonegan: No on amnesty; tighter border security.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Menendez' soft voting record on immigration is dangerous.
    Tom MacArthur: Begin with secure borders; no amnesty nor benefits.
    Barbara Buono: Raise minimum wage & restore Earned Income Tax Credit.
    Barbara Buono: N.J. unemployment worse than US average & surrounding states.
    Chris Christie: Ok with either unionized state workers or civil service.
    Chris Christie: 75,000 new private sector jobs since taking office in 2010.
    Chris Christie: I inherited 119,000 private-sector jobs lost.
    Chris Christie: Zero means zero: fight abuse of sick leave & pension fraud.
    Joe Kyrillos: Supports state law for minimum wage, but no Amendment.
    Phil Murphy: Raise minimum wage to $15 an hour.
    Ray Lesniak: Job creation by career fairs & keeping existing employers.
    Robert Menendez: Supports minimum wage increase.
    Phil Murphy: Minimum wage up to $14.13/hour, will help more than 400,000.
    Phil Murphy: Not every new job is going to be housed in a physical office.
Principles & Values
    Chris Christie: The New Jersey Comeback: stop blaming; start building.
    Cory Booker: Money to cities is ok: we're one state with one destiny.
    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.
    Joe Kyrillos: If you think things are just fine, choose my opponent.
    Joe Kyrillos: Introduced to his wife by Gov. Christie.
    Robert Menendez: Elected mayor of Union City at 32.
    Steve Fulop: Youngest elected official on the Jersey City council.
    Steve Fulop: Son of immigrants; grandson of Holocaust survivors.
    Phil Murphy: NGA: More respect and friendship; less partisanship.
    Phil Murphy: It's okay to admit it: it's cool to be from New Jersey again.
    Spencer Cox: Vice Chairman of the National Governors Association.
Social Security
    Chris Christie: Raise the retirement age, and limit COLA, for state workers.
    Chris Christie: Pension reform: raise retirement age, suspend COLAs.
    Jeff Bell: No means testing or other confiscatory schemes.
    Jeff Bell: Cut payroll tax rate to reduce baby boom deficit.
    Phil Murphy: Divest NJ pension fund from private equity.
    Robert Menendez: Against privatization; but says Kean has voted for it.
    Robert Menendez: Opposes privatization and fought Bush's privatization scheme.
    Steve Fulop: Keep our promises: made city pension system more secure.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Against privatization; but says Menendez has supported it.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Opposes both privatization and raising seniors' taxes.
    Tom MacArthur: Protect our promise, but strengthen program for future.
Tax Reform
    Chris Christie: Keep property tax rebate program.
    Chris Christie: Reduce all income tax brackets by 10% and restore EITC.
    Chris Christie: 2012: Across-the-board tax cut; 2013: exclude over $400K.
    Chris Christie: Cap property tax and interest arbitration awards.
    Chris Christie: Put the death tax on life support.
    Dick Zimmer: N.J. receives back only 61 cents on every federal tax dollar.
    Jeff Bell: America's tax system is outrageously complicated.
    Murray Sabrin: Eliminate AMT, death tax, and tax on tips.
    Phil Murphy: Wealthiest 1% pay far lower share of taxes.
    Robert Menendez: Repealing the estate Tax only benefits the wealthiest 1%.
    Robert Menendez: We cannot simultaneously cut the deficit and cut taxes.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Repeal the unfair Death Tax & the Marriage Penalty Tax.
    Tom MacArthur: Kept taxes low as Mayor; do same federally.
    Phil Murphy: We outpace states that give huge tax breaks for the wealthy.
    Barbara Buono: Take federal $3B to build ARC tunnel from NJ to NYC.
    Phil Murphy: Invest to restore NJ's place as leader in innovation economy.
    Robert Menendez: Helped promote NJ biotechnology and solar industries.
    Rush Holt: Research physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab until '98.
War & Peace
    Cory Booker: Direct military intervention in Syria only as last resort.
    Jeff Bell: Make sure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapons program.
    Murray Sabrin: No involvement in Iraq's civil war.
    Murray Sabrin: War in Iraq is disastrous interventionist foreign policy.
    Robert Menendez: Biggest mistake in Iraq was going there in the first place.
    Robert Menendez: Iraq is a war of choice; based on misleading & false threats.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: We've made mistakes in Iraq, but must complete our objective.
    Thomas Kean Jr.: Can't cut-and-run in Iraq; that's a declaration of defeat.
    Tom MacArthur: Learn from mistakes of both Bush and Obama: no endless wars.
Welfare & Poverty
    Chris Christie: Gut COAH, the Council on Affordable Housing.
    Jim McGreevey: Require unwed mothers to live at home to receive welfare.
    Jim McGreevey: Require work to receive welfare.
    Joe Pennacchio: Redirect welfare to faith-based organizations.
    Steve Fulop: Four times as much affordable housing in his administration.

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