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Chris Christie's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: Governor (NJ), Republican
On The Ballot: Campaign Suspended, Republican for President
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Chris Christie has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads. Chris Christie is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The Republican has connected his antiabortion stance with the need to value the lives of all people, including the drug-addicted."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/947686/new-jersey-gov-chris-christie-visits-drug-treatment-center-in-uk#.VO4zjqC0SXU (votesmart.org)
  • "Governor Christie: I'm pro-life and I believe strongly in the sanctity of life" http://votesmart.org/public-statement/866396/gov-christie-on-gov-mcgreevey-we-dont-agree-on-every-issue-but-we-agree-on-this#.VO41VqC0SXU (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Now, I know that many of you in this room believe that income tax increases are the way to go. So yes, sometimes we will simply have to disagree. I have vetoed four income tax increases passed by this body. And make no mistake... I will veto any more income tax increases that come before me."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/944649/governor-chris-christies-2015-state-of-the-state-address#.VO4_6KC0SXU (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Requiring mandatory treatment instead of prison for non-violent drug offenders is only one step -- but an important one." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/944649/governor-chris-christies-2015-state-of-the-state-address#.VO8-f6C0SXU (votesmart.org)
  • "He referred to addiction as a disease, nodding while listening to staffers talk about the need to lower the stigma many drug addicts face." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/947686/new-jersey-gov-chris-christie-visits-drug-treatment-center-in-uk#.VO4zjqC0SXU (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "This administration believes today -- and has always believed -- that New Jersey and America, will be a better place for middle class families by shrinking the size of government."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/944649/governor-chris-christies-2015-state-of-the-state-address#.VO4_6KC0SXU (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The first step to reversing New Jersey's declining economic climate and giving New Jerseyans a little relief is by cutting taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/447074/issue-position-cutting-our-taxes#.VO4_5qC0SXU (votesmart.org)
  • CNN "Christie suggested halving the number of income tax brackets down to three from six rates and lowering the top tax rate to 28% down from the current maximum rate of 39% for the wealthiest Americans. Christe suggested the poorest Americans' income tax rate should be a "single-digit" percentage. Americans who make less than $10,000 are taxed at about 10%, but rarely end up owing any money to the federal government because of deductions and tax credits. It's unclear how that would work under Christie's plan to slice certain deductions and credits, which he only presented in broad strokes in the Wall Street Journal. The New Jersey governor also proposed reducing the corporate tax rate to 25% from today's 35% high, arguing that reducing the rate will attract businesses and incentivize companies to stay in the U.S." http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/12/politics/chris-christie-tax-plan-new-hampshire/ (www.cnn.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[...] higher standards should be determined by the people who are educating the children in those particular states. And my concern about what the administration has done is the federalization of this that takes education further and further away from parents is not the type of education that I think we want in this country or need." http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/news/local/new-jersey/2015/03/02/gov-chris-christies-shifting-position-common-core/24274921/ (www.courierpostonline.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Signed a letter stating "We would ask that you reconsider your decision to veto the Keystone XL pipeline in light of the significant economic and energy security benefits this project would provide for those states along the route of the pipeline, and for the entire nation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/949085/letter-to-barack-obama-president-of-the-united-states-sign-keyston-xl-pipeline-into-law#.VO4dWqC0SXU (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "A Christie Administration will leverage New Jersey's skilled workforce, technology base, manufacturing base and port facilities to make New Jersey a leader in manufacturing renewable energy."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/437714/issue-position-energy#.VO41PaC0SXU (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Support the Development of Innovative Energy Technologies. New Jersey has many options to develop new, clean, cost-effective sources of electricity, utilize fuels more efficiently, and decrease reliance on gasoline and diesel fuel as the primary transportation fuels. Not only will new energy technologies reduce emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, but active support of innovative energy technologies will help create jobs and business development across the state. Improving transportation efficiency; reducing carbon emissions and pollutants; using fuel cell technology; using energy storage technologies; assessing smart grid demonstrations; and considering Dynamic Pricing and Smart Metering."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/614702/governor-christie-outlines-greener-and-more-affordable-vision-for-future-of-energy-in-new-jersey/?search=greenhouse#.VO9L0qC0SXU (votesmart.org)
  • PBS "'What does Chris Christie believe? Where the candidate stands on 10 issues' [?] He opposes cap and trade - in 2011, Christie scrapped a regional cap and trade initiative that would have capped carbon dioxide emissions across 10 states." http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/chris-christie-believe-candidate-stands-10-issues/ (www.pbs.org)
  • "Clearly stated a policy of no new coal-fired power plants in New Jersey, which will reduce pollutants deposited to waterways as well as improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and memorialized that commitment in the State's 2011 Energy Master Plan;"http://votesmart.org/public-statement/735288/governor-christie-stop-rooting-for-failure/?search=greenhouse#.VO9LzKC0SXU (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 42% by The National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/111064/chris-christie#.VcDSSXUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "I'm glad the Legislature acted swiftly to incorporate my commonsense changes so that I can sign this bill and responsibly strengthen New Jersey's already-tough gun laws," said Governor Christie. "This new law will help state and federal law enforcement officials stop guns from getting into the hands of criminals, and help maintain public safety."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/812483/governor-christie-signs-bipartisan-measure-to-strengthen-new-jerseys-tough-gun-laws#.VO9Mn6C0SXU (votesmart.org)
  • FOX "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" - Transcript: Re-Election to Governor "WALLACE: You also support some gun controls. Why? CHRISTIE: Well, listen, Chris, I think that when you look at what we've done in New Jersey, we want to control violence. And some of that may involve firearms, but a lot of it doesn't. In fact, my focus has been on making sure that mental health is done in a much more aggressive way in New Jersey. Every time we see one of these incidents happen across our country, it is almost exclusively with a deeply disturbed person at the helm, and what we need to do is be much more aggressive about how we deal with mental health issues in this country. So I am for violence control. WALLACE: But gun control is part of it. CHRISTIE: Well, it can be. And in New Jersey, I've signed some of those measures, but I've also vetoed measures that I thought were overreaching and not consistent with Second Amendment rights."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/825216/fox-fox-news-sunday-with-chris-wallace-transcript-re-election-to-governor#.VO9NjaC0SXU (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Let me be clear, I am no fan of the Affordable Care Act. I think it is wrong for New Jersey and for America. I fought against it and believe, in the long run, it will not achieve what it promises. However, it is now the law of the land. I will make all my judgments as governor based on what is best for New Jerseyans. That is why I twice vetoed saddling our taxpayers with the untold burden of establishing health exchanges."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/767052/governor-chris-christies-fiscal-year-2014-budget-address-as-prepared-for-delivery/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VO9OqaC0SXU (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is no guarantee of success here, and because the DREAM Act has been signed it does not mean that every student who now has the opportunity to go to college will succeed. Some will, some won't. Some will exceed beyond anyone's expectations and some not. But our job, I believe as a government, is to give every one of these children, who we have already invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in, an opportunity to maximize that investment for their own benefit, for the benefit of their families, and for the benefit of our state and our country."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/833758/governor-christie-to-dreamers-our-job-is-to-give-you-opportunity#.VO9Q8qC0SXU (votesmart.org)
  • PBS "'What does Chris Christie believe? Where the candidate stands on 10 issues' [?] No path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Allow in-state tuition for undocumented students. Christie told FOX News in May that he opposes a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally. He did not publicly support or oppose the Senate's bipartisan comprehensive reform bill in 2013. Christie would not answer questions on the topic of immigration at an appearance in Marion, Iowa, last summer, or in a 2013 appearance on ABC's This Week. Christie signed the New Jersey Dream Act, also known as the Tuition Equality Act, in December 2013, allowing undocumented students to pay in-state tuition rates." http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/chris-christie-believe-candidate-stands-10-issues/ (www.pbs.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • CNN "Piers Morgan Tonight" - Transcript "Piers Morgan: You support civil unions. You don't support gay marriage. Can you see a situation where you would change your mind about that? Governor Christie: I don't think so. I believe marriage is an institution between one man and one woman. I think it's special and unique in society and I think we can have civil unions that help to give the same type of legal rights to same-sex couples that marriage gives them but I just think marriage is a special connotation. I couldn't change my mind on that but I am in favor of making sure that homosexual couples have the same type of legal rights that heterosexual couples have."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/616338/cnn-piers-morgan-tonight-transcript/?search=gay#.VO9P3aC0SXU (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Keeping our military strong must be at the heart of any global agenda. A strong military doesn't just help us to deal with the threats we face. It helps eliminate them before we even see them. We need to give our men and women in uniform the resources they need to get the job done. As President, Governor Christie will repeal the sequestration cuts and restore funding levels to what Secretary Gates proposed with modest increases in defense spending through the end of the decade." https://www.chrischristie.com/issues (www.chrischristie.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Social Security exists so America's seniors, after a lifetime of hard work, don't fall into poverty. Governor Christie is proposing that Americans pay into this system throughout the course of their life knowing it will be there if they need it to support them, but if they are fortunate enough not to need it, they will have paid into a system that will continue to help Americans who need it most. This proposal will not impact current retirees, and will be phased-in gradually." https://www.chrischristie.com/issues#entitlement-reform (www.chrischristie.com)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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