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Phil Murphy on VoteMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Support funding for Planned Parenthood: Favors topic 1
Codify woman's full reproductive rights into state law: Strongly Favors topic 1
Will sign bill securing woman's right to choose into law: Strongly Favors topic 1
Women's health care in America is in a state of crisis: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Equal pay for equal work by gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
We all can contribute, including the differently abled: Favors topic 2
Undertake ethics reform; address pernicious sexism: Favors topic 2
Close the wage gap: ban unequal pay for same work by women: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Support transgender and LGBTQ+ rights
(+5 points on Social scale)
Strong advocate for equal treatment of LGBTQ community: Strongly Favors topic 3
Expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals: Strongly Favors topic 3
Strongly Opposes topic 4:
America was founded on Christian values
(+5 points on Social scale)
Signed assisted suicide law; choice is a personal one: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Make New Jersey safest place to deliver and raise babies: Strongly Favors topic 5
Fight for-profit right-wing agenda to gut ObamaCare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Protected ObamaCare; enacted sick leave: Strongly Favors topic 5
We're protecting the Affordable Care Act: Favors topic 5
Pounding away against anti-vax bloc: they're safe, they work: Favors topic 5
More people have insurance and they're paying less for it: Strongly Favors topic 5
Pulling people out from crushing medical debt is vital: Strongly Favors topic 5
Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Evaluate state pension system for growing unfunded liability: Opposes topic 6
Divest NJ pension fund from private equity: Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Focus on STEM to make Silicon Valley in New Jersey: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Reignite NJ science hotbed by focusing on STEM sector: Favors topic 7
High stakes, high stress standardized tests must end: Opposes topic 7
Our public schools are part of what makes this state great: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Invest in pre-K & free community college: Strongly Opposes topic 7
New Jersey expanding pre-K and childcare; we know it works: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Let's bring universal pre-K to all of New Jersey: Opposes topic 7
State school funding is property tax relief: Strongly Opposes topic 7
We're closing the digital divide for schoolchildren: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Businesses have a right to pollute
(+5 points on Social scale)
Commit to protecting shores with long-term enviro plan: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Long-term planning via Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Protect Jersey Shore from oil & Pinelands' open space: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
For-profit prison industry targets communities of color: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Top priority is tightening laws against car theft: Favors topic 9
Reject notion that compassion comes at the cost of vigilance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Sensible gun safety regulations: taxes & training: Favors topic 10
Gun violence epidemic is a public health crisis: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Reduce maximum magazine size from 15 rounds to 10: Opposes topic 10
Proposed sweeping safety package to reduce gun crimes: Strongly Opposes topic 10
States for Gun Safety: fill void left by no Federal policy: Strongly Favors topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Incentive programs for business need reform: Favors topic 11
Quality of life more important than tax breaks: Favors topic 11
Wealthiest 1% pay far lower share of taxes: Strongly Favors topic 11
Stronger & fairer funding instead of massive tax breaks: Strongly Favors topic 11
Not giving up the fight for a millionaire's tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Greater tax fairness, cuts for middle, families, seniors: Opposes topic 11
We outpace states that give huge tax breaks for the wealthy: Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Oppose efforts to use police to assist in mass deportations: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Joint venture with Israel for technological R&D: Strongly Favors topic 13
No opinion on topic 14:
Stay away from the UN & Globalism
(0 points on Economic scale)
Former U.S. ambassador to Germany, appointed by Obama: Opposes topic 14
Reject Pres. Trump's dark belief of an America in decline: Opposes topic 14
It's okay to admit it: it's cool to be from New Jersey again: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Peace through Strength
(-3 points on Social scale)
Create new NJ department responsible for veterans: Favors topic 15
Focus Veterans agency on mental health & employment support: Favors topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
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Automatic voter registration, online, and same-day: Strongly Favors topic 16
I don't owe the political insiders anything: Favors topic 16
Easier voter registration; online voting & early voting: Strongly Favors topic 16
I support same-day voter registration in New Jersey: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of foreign wars
(-5 points on Social scale)
New Jersey proudly stands with the people of Ukraine: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Raise gas tax to renew Transportation Trust Fund: Favors topic 18
It stinks, but raise the gas tax to fund transportation: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rejoin Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Strongly Favors topic 18
Protect our precious Jersey Shore from offshore drilling: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Wind farm smarter than drilling for oil: Strongly Favors topic 18
100% clean energy economy by 2050: Strongly Favors topic 18
Primed to be a leader on the East Coast in offshore-wind: Strongly Favors topic 18
Renewable energy can create a generation of good-paying jobs: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+5 points on Social scale)
Opioid addiction is an illness, and it is treatable: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Addiction is an illness, & treatable with right resources: Opposes topic 19
Focus on racial justice with marijuana legalization.: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize adult-use marijuana; undo past convictions: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(-3 points on Economic scale)
COVID: Grants and loans to nearly 55,000 small businesses: Strongly Favors topic 20
Netflix production hub shows NJ is ready for our close up: Strongly Opposes topic 20
More than $1B to support revitalizing our downtowns: Strongly Favors topic 20
Partner with private sector to expand job training: Favors topic 20
Jobs NJ: align education with needs of employers, workers: Favors topic 20
Not every new job is going to be housed in a physical office: Neutral on topic 20
Invest to restore NJ's place as leader in innovation economy: Strongly Favors topic 20
Establish NJ as the home-base for AI-powered game-changers: Strongly Favors topic 20

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