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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Pro-life; the life of every human being is precious: Strongly 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
I'm pro-life with exceptions; take it or leave it: Opposes topic 1
1996: partial birth procedure is reprehensible: Opposes topic 1
1994: Donated to Planned Parenthood; opposed public donation: Favors topic 1
Ban abortions after 20 weeks, with exceptions: Opposes topic 1
Put defunding of Planned Parenthood on the president's desk: Strongly Favors topic 1
Successfully defunded Planned Parenthood in New Jersey: Strongly Opposes topic 1
If you're pro-life it's got to be for the whole life: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No federal ban on abortion without national consensus: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Vetoed closure of Developmental Disabilities Centers: Favors topic 2
Black Lives Matter encourages cop killing: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Support transgender and LGBTQ+ rights
(+2 points on Social scale)
Marriage exclusively between one man and one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Homosexuals are born that way; they're not sinners: Strongly Favors topic 3
Pursue civil unions in NJ, but not same-sex marriage: Favors 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
If my kids were gay, I'd give them a hug; but no marriage: Neutral on topic 3
No legislating gay marriage; but referendum ok: Favors topic 3
Gay marriage is settled in NJ, but keep debating nationally: Opposes topic 3
Disagree with Supreme Court, but gay marriage is law of land: Favors topic 3
Churches can use sexual orientation; businesses can't: Favors topic 3
No same-sex marriage; civil unions are adequate: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Government shouldn't interfere with parents on gender care: Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
America was founded on Christian values
(+2 points on Social scale)
Catholicism informs who I am; but not my political decisions: Opposes topic 4
No federal department to promote Judeo-Christian values: Opposes topic 4
1996: Working poor hurt by limits on childcare subsidies: Opposes topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
$159M for community health centers for the most vulnerable: Favors topic 5
Allow insurers to sell "mandate-free" policies: Opposes topic 5
Expand Medicare, but no N.J. ObamaCare exchange: Favors topic 5
Hold down Medicaid costs while providing focused choice: Favors topic 5
No single-payer system; no healthcare nationalization: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Expanded Medicaid in NJ, but repeal-and-replace ObamaCare: Opposes topic 5
Ensure coverage for people even if ObamaCare is repealed: 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
State pensions cut by $120B; but $90B still to go: Favors topic 6
Save Social Security for those who need it: Opposes topic 6
Cut benefits for people earning over $80,000: Favors topic 6
Cut Social Security for wealthy, but don't increase taxes: Opposes topic 6
Close deficit in state retirement fund over next 7 years: Strongly Favors topic 6
We do need to look at means-testing of Social Security: Favors topic 6
Rich people should not be collecting Social Security: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Public education system is failing; increase accountability: Favors topic 7
Expand 73 charter schools to replace 200 failing schools: Favors topic 7
Replace Abbott District funds with tenure reform & charters: Strongly Favors topic 7
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
Tenure reform for failing teachers; merit pay for good ones: Favors topic 7
Choice of schools to meet child's needs: Strongly Favors topic 7
Signed NJ onto Common Core but now regrets it: Favors topic 7
Supports both charter schools and vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Teachers unions are not for education of our children: Favors topic 7
Further de-regulate charter schools: Favors topic 7
2010: Make Newark the nation's charter school capital: Favors topic 7
We're paying caviar prices for failure: Favors topic 7
Teachers' union sells out the children of New Jersey: Strongly Favors topic 7
What we need is to have competition with the public schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Children attend parochial school: Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Businesses have a right to pollute
(-3 points on Social scale)
Keystone pipeline would have minimal environmental impact: Favors topic 8
$157 million for Green Acres open-space acquisition: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Rejected $9B transit project as "tunnel to Macy's basement": Favors topic 8
Vetoes regulation of animal confinement for gestating sows: Favors topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Stand against child pornography and human trafficking: Favors topic 9
Disallow charging sexual assault victims for forensic exams: Favors topic 9
Bail reform package: jail violent offenders before 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
As US Attorney, won 130 corruption cases and lost none: Favors topic 9
Bail reform: Keep dangerous criminals in jail until trial: Strongly Favors topic 9
Police officers are afraid to enforce the law: Strongly Favors topic 9
Community policing will avoid African-American police deaths: Neutral on topic 9
De-criminalizing drug use has reduced prisoner population: Opposes topic 9
Ban the box: don't ask job applicants about criminal record: Opposes topic 9
Bail reform based on crime, not wealth: Favors topic 9
Expunge records for less serious crimes: Opposes topic 9
If Trump is convicted, I can't imagine pardoning him: Strongly Favors topic 9
We need change at DOJ: remove anyone who shows partisanship: Neutral on topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
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
Vetoed outright ban on Barrett .50 caliber rifle: Favors topic 10
Gun laws ineffective; focus on mental health: Favors topic 10
Gun restrictions based on terror watchlists is a state issue: Favors topic 10
Vetoed a statewide I.D. system for gun owners: Strongly Favors topic 10
Executive Orders on guns isn't democracy; it's dictatorship: Strongly Favors topic 10
No criminalization of new classes of firearms: Strongly Favors topic 10
Criminals don't follow the law; that's why they're criminals: Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
$2.3 billion small business tax relief package: Strongly Opposes topic 11
We can and we must lower taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
2009: Single tax rate would raise taxes for low earners: Strongly Favors topic 11
2012: Across-the-board tax cut; 2013: exclude over $400K: Opposes topic 11
OpEd: Vetoed "Millionaire's Tax" on wealthiest New Jerseyans: Strongly Opposes topic 11
I will veto any income tax increases that come before me: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Simplify tax code to three brackets, with highest at 28%: Opposes topic 11
I vetoed more tax increases than any governor in history: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Get rid of deductions except charitable & mortgage deduction: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Get rid of all deductions; get government off our backs: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Abolish the estate tax to incentivize people to stay in NJ: Strongly Opposes topic 11
No relief to subset of taxpayers; all need relief: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Put the death tax on life support: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
I've never been opposed to tuition equality for illegals: Favors topic 12
Path to citizenship in context of fixing broken system: Favors topic 12
Secure border with wall & electronics; but no mass deporting: Opposes topic 12
E-verify instead of building a physical wall: Favors topic 12
Use modern technology to track illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
No Muslim ban, but ok to ban 7 Muslim countries: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Focus on deporting dangerous criminals with laws we've got: Opposes topic 12
Send the National Guard to secure the southern border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Trade mission to Mexico doubles as foreign policy tour: Favors topic 13
Supports free trade, but distrusts Obama's TPP agreement: Opposes topic 13
Tariffs on China raise process for every American: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Stay away from the UN & Globalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Remain vigilant but stay connected to rest of the world: Strongly Opposes topic 14
America should be clear to world about what we stand for: Favors topic 14
Stop worrying about being loved; instead be respected: Favors topic 14
Push Russia out of Middle East; establish US dominance: Strongly Favors topic 14
America is strongest moral power for what is good and right: Strongly Favors topic 14
No Syrian refugees in US, not even infant orphans: Strongly Favors topic 14
America is a leader; the world is great when America leads: Strongly Favors topic 14
America didn't become great by pulling up the drawbridge: Strongly Favors topic 14
I'll fly Air Force One over China's artificial islands: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Peace through Strength
(-5 points on Social scale)
New isolationism, & reducing anti-terrorism, is dangerous: Favors topic 15
We ARE the leader in Libya; we MUST be the world's police: Favors topic 15
Strengthen support network for military families: Favors topic 15
Fund Veteran to Veteran Peer Support Program: Strongly Favors topic 15
Second American Century: strong military & sure values: Strongly Favors topic 15
Modernize to have 350 ships and 2,600 aircraft: Strongly Favors topic 15
Rebuild our military so tinpot dictators can't dictate to us: Strongly Favors topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(0 points on Social scale)
Allow just one public salary for state legislators: Favors topic 16
More control over state commissions: Favors topic 16
Stricter limits on PAC campaign donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Vetoes expanded early-voting system; no side-by-side systems: Opposes topic 16
Automatic voter registration is government-knows-best: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Early voting risks the integrity of our elections: Strongly Opposes topic 16
There's no solid evidence that 2020 election was stolen: Neutral on topic 16
Prosecuted politicians & their cronies, including jail time: Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of foreign wars
(-5 points on Social scale)
No relations with Cuba until they stop harboring fugitives: Opposes topic 17
Against nuclear deal with Iran; keep state sanctions: Strongly Favors topic 17
It's the price we pay for being leaders of the free world: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Don't pull troops out of Afghanistan until military says so: Strongly Opposes topic 17
I'm not a nation-building guy; we've achieved Afghan goals: Favors topic 17
Iranian nukes are profoundly against our national security: Opposes topic 17
Syria: If we draw a red line, we must finish the job: Strongly Opposes topic 17
We need anytime/anywhere inspections for Iran nukes: Opposes topic 17
Trump not backing Ukraine makes him Putin's puppet: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Support for Ukraine is really a proxy war with China: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Damn right I'd send US troops to Gaza: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Make NJ a magnet for renewable energy manufacturer: Strongly Favors topic 18
Incentivize energy manufacturing & wind turbines: Strongly Favors topic 18
The future for New Jersey is in green energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Consider windmills off NJ coast: Strongly Favors topic 18
Pulled out of ten-state Regional Greenhouse Gas program: Opposes topic 18
Get nuclear power plants back on the table: Opposes topic 18
New Jersey used private market to create solar industry: Favors topic 18
Jersey shore for tourism instead of offshore drilling: Favors topic 18
Ethanol in gasoline is the law; and that's just the minimum: Favors topic 18
$100 supplement for seniors' home cooling assistance: Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Outlaw designer drugs labeled as "bath salts": Strongly Favors topic 19
Drug treatment rather than non-violent offenders in prison: Opposes topic 19
1995: Applied 25% of county salary to drug addict residence: Opposes topic 19
Drug courts: mandate treatment, not imprisonment: Opposes topic 19
Drug addiction is a disease & it can be treated: Opposes topic 19
I support medical not recreational marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Mandatory drug treatment, not jail, for first time dealers: Opposes topic 19
Allow private sector to offer drug treatment programs: Opposes topic 19
Treatment, not jail, for drug addicts; it's a disease: Opposes topic 19
Addiction is an illness and should be treated as such: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Search for innovative ways to address drug epidemic: Opposes topic 19
Jailing & stigmatizing addiction victims won't help: Opposes topic 19
End the war on drugs, it's a disease; focus on treatment: Strongly Opposes topic 19
End war on drugs: treat addicts; penalize dealers: Opposes topic 19
Rated D+ by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance: Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Erased $11B in budget deficit via spending cuts: Opposes topic 20
2011: 2% cap on most cities' municipal spending: Opposes topic 20
Cut taxes and reduce spending, while creating new jobs: Opposes topic 20
We must imposing fiscal discipline again in this country: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Cut business taxes by $600 million annually: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Don't raise minimum wage; create better-paying jobs instead: Strongly Opposes topic 20
NJ has highest state tax burden & it's getting worse: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Reduce all income tax brackets by 10% and restore EITC: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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