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Jon Runyan's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Jon Runyan refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rosetta Key. 92.7 WOBM: Runyan Takes On Hot Button Issues on Ask the Congressman. 15 March 2012. "When Runyan was asked why he voted to end federal funding to Planned Parenthood Runyan says his votes were directed at the abortion issue. 'If you're performing abortions and women's health activities in the same facility and you're not using taxpayer money, How is that even possible? I think it's a question that many people throw out there.'" (wobm.com)
  • Jon Runyan. H Amdt 95. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Use of Federal Funds For Planned Parenthood. Jon Runyan voted Yea on 02/18/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. HR 3. 112th Congress. Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion. Jon Runyan voted Yea on 05/04/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Lee Procida. Jon Runyan lays out views on eve of 3rd Congressional District's official campaign launch. 17 March 2010. "He explained that he is pro-choice 'with a lot of restrictions,' like parental consent for minors, bans on late-term abortions and restrictions on using public money to subsidize abortion procedures. He wants to 'make it as hard as possible, but I don't want to take the choice away from women and their doctors,' he said." (www.pressofatlanticcity.com)
  • Jon Runyan. Washington Post: Jon Runyan (R-N.J.) "As a conservative candidate, Runyan is against abortion rights and gay marriage." (www.washingtonpost.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Dubravka Kolumbic. South Jersey Central Record. John Adler, Jon Runyan both claim the 'moderate' mantle at District 3 Congressional debate at Medford Leas. 2 November 2010. "Runyan said he believes the Congress and the adminstration should allow the generals to execute their jobs, give the troops the tools to do it and give the generals the manpower to execute it so we can get out of there as soon as possible without putting a time constraint on them. The more you pinch them with equipment and manpower, the more casualties we're going to have.'" (www.southjerseylocalnews.com)
  • Jon Runyan. H Con Res 28. 112th Congress. Removing Troops from Afghanistan. Jon Runyan voted Nay on 03/17/2011. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Jon Runyan. Response to Defense Secretary's Plan For Military Budget Cuts. 27 January 2012. "I am extremely disappointed in the news from Secretary Leon Panetta regarding the Fiscal year 2013 budget planning for the Department of Defense. There is no doubt that we all understand the very difficult fiscal situation our nation is facing right now, but the cuts cannot all come on the backs of our men and women in uniform. In his remarks today, Secretary Panetta laid out his plan to fulfill President Obama's new military strategy. This flawed plan includes an expansive BRAC process that could mean shutting down bases; reducing the number of ships and aircrafts in our forces, and changes in pay and benefits for military personnel and retirees.[...] This is why I am standing firm with Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon in opposing the President's new strategy and finding alternative ways to get the federal budget in order, and will continue to advocate for JB MDL." (runyanforcongress.com)
  • Associated Press. Fox News: Tea partiers say defense in mix for budget cuts. 23 January 2011. "Everything is ultimately on the table," (www.foxnews.com)
  • Jon Runyan. H Amdt 13. 112th Congress. Reducing Navy and Air Force Aircraft Procurement. Jon Runyan voted Nay on 02/15/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. HR 1363. 112th Congress. 2011 Department of Defense Budget and Additional Continuing Appropriations. Jon Runyan voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Video: Runyan Report: Thoughts on the Administration's Cuts to the Defense Budget. 7 February 2012. "The 1.5 Million in Defense cuts comes from three different areas: from what was initially on the table when Republicans took the House and started to cut the budget back that was about $500 billion, the second $500 billion is from what everyone knows as the Super Committee failure that would be the second tier of that, and the third that rounds out that $1.5 trillion is the President's budget for next year. All of which, when you really dig through it, are going to be detrimental to our ability to defend ourselves..." (www.youtube.com)
  • Jon Runyan. This Week's WOBM "Ask the Congressman" Audio “ Transcript. 17 October 2011. "Many people do not, and even many of my colleagues do not realize this: that we've cut the Department of Defense by about $465 billion over the next ten years. When you look at that curve mapped out on a graph in two years of these cuts we will be below Clinton level spending eras, as we still deal with this volatile situation not only in the Middle East but, what are the Chinese doing? What is obviously our dealings with Iran and all that stuff? And this sequestration part that came in if the Supercommittee doesn't get their job done would quite frankly cut another $500 billion out of the defense department. That, cutting at trillion out of the Defense Department - people may think that will be no problem...it's getting real scary..." [10:42, Segment 1]. (runyanforcongress.com)
  • Jon Runyan. This Week's WOBM "Ask the Congressman" Audio “ Transcript. 17 October 2011. "...if you continue to deficit spend, there is not going to be a future That is an ultimate scary reality of the whole thing. But as you get into this you're talking about cutting things that nobody wants to cut. whether they're entitlements, defense - nobody wants to do that. But it's been so out of control and there's been no thought to the future, there's been no thought to 'am I leaving a better country for my children and grandchildren' like my father and grandfather did." [11:23, Segment 2]. (runyanforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Jon Runyan. Runyan Says Tax Cut Plan Will Improve Economy, Create Jobs & Restore Prosperity. 29 June 2010. "Providing parents of school-age children with additional tax relief was a good idea when it was first implemented, and I would like to see the amount of the credit increased from $1,000 per child to $1,250 per child." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 1 January 2011. "We must live within our means as a government. I have consistently voted to cut spending, keep taxes low..." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Congressman Runyan's Response to the State of the Union Address. 26 January 2011. "The only surefire way to fix our economy and create jobs is to cut taxes, reduce spending and shrink the size of government." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 1 January 2011. "I support across-the-board tax cuts in order to increase economic growth, create jobs, and encourage investment, savings and entrepreneurship, including reducing the corporate tax rate and cutting taxes on capital gains and dividends. These types of tax policies will help large and small businesses alike, and would give them the tools to create the jobs American workers and their families need. I also support increasing the child tax credit, easing restrictions on 401K and IRA investments and permanently eliminating the death tax, the alternative minimum tax and the double tax on Social Security benefits." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Runyan holds first formal press conference, promises to work for tax cuts across government. 29 June 2010. Permanently repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax and the death tax: Congress changed the tax to lessen its effect, Runyan said. That "blatantly admits that there's a problem with it. Why don't we just throw it out? ... I think to repeal that would be a huge tax relief on a lot of people in this state." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Jon Runyan. This Week's WOBM "Ask the Congressman" Audio “ Transcript. 17 October 2011. "...if you continue to deficit spend, there is not going to be a future That is an ultimate scary reality of the whole thing. But as you get into this you're talking about cutting things that nobody wants to cut. whether they're entitlements, defense - nobody want to do that. But it's been so out of control and there's been no thought to the future, there's been no thought to 'am I leaving a better country for my children and grandchildren' like my father and grandfather did...Government does not create anything, it spends other peoples money. Spending other people's money to create jobs is not the way. Getting access to capital, getting people to go out and start these small businesses....But we have to create that climate." Start at 11:23, Segment 2. (runyanforcongress.com)
  • Jon Runyan. Issue Position: Job Creation & The Economy. 15 November 2011. "Nancy Pelosi and John Adler believe that the only way out of this economic disaster is for government to get bigger and spend more money. Frankly, I couldn't disagree with them more. Pelosi and Adler spent nearly $1 trillion on a so-called stimulus bill that forced unemployment even higher and resulted in more people losing their jobs. In the process, they saddled future generations with mountains of debt that can only be repaid with higher taxes. If I am elected, I will grow the economy by cutting taxes on individuals and businesses, and pay for those tax cuts by reducing the size and cost of our bloated federal government. I will support a pro-jobs agenda that encourages companies to settle and grow here in American, instead of outsourcing jobs overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Runyan Demands Debt-Reduction Details From White House. 19 July 2011. "The President has requested that Congress increase the debt ceiling, and do so by August 2nd. I have said all along that any increase in the nation's debt must be coupled with a meaningful long-term plan to substantially reduce federal spending, grow our economy and create jobs. While I remain optimistic that we can reach an agreement and am pleased that negotiations are taking place, any resolution requires the President to be specific of how he plans to achieve it." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Runyan Votes 'No' On Raising The Debt Limit. 31 May 2011. "Today I voted with a majority of my House colleagues on both sides of the aisle against unconditionally raising the nation's debt ceiling. To take on any more debt without a meaningful, long-term plan to substantially reduce federal spending, grow our economy and create jobs is simply irresponsible. We must stop saddling our children and grandchildren for generations to come with debt they will never be able to repay." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Runyan Says Tax Cut Plan Will Improve Economy, Create Jobs & Restore Prosperity. 29 June 2010. "John Adler is a career politician who has been raising taxes on people since he was a Cherry Hill Councilman in the late 1980's. As a State Senator in Trenton he rubber-stamped irresponsible budgets from Jim McGreevey and Jon Corzine that pushed New Jersey to the brink of bankruptcy and made us the highest taxed state in the nation," said Runyan, citing figures from the non-partisan Tax Foundation. "Now he's in Washington voting for $1 trillion stimulus bill that has failed to fix our economy, while causing deficits to explode, and claiming to be a moderate while backing Nancy Pelosi's reckless agenda more than 90% of the time." (votesmart.org)
  • Max Pizzaro. PolitickerNJ: Runyan to Adler: 'you can run but you can't hide'. 18 March 2010. "[John Adler] voted for the one trillion stimulus plan that cost us jobs didn't create jobs..." (www.politickernj.com)
  • Jonathon Last. Weekly Standard: On Eagle's Wings. 8 March 2010. "The way government is growing and spending...I don't believe that's the way you're going to fix our problems." (www.weeklystandard.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jon Runyan. Runyan Says Tax Cut Plan Will Improve Economy, Create Jobs & Restore Prosperity. 29 June 2010. "The top corporate tax bracket should be completely lowered and a 25% flat tax implemented to help American companies better compete with other developed countries around the world when it comes to job creation and economic growth. Lower taxes will lead to higher wages for American workers, and keep jobs in America instead of having them head overseas seeking a more favorable business climate." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 15 November 2011. "I support across-the-board tax cuts in order to increase economic growth, create jobs, and encourage investment, savings and entrepreneurship, including reducing the corporate tax rate and cutting taxes on capital gains and dividends. These types of tax policies will help large and small businesses alike, and would give them the tools to create the jobs American workers and their families need." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Cynthia Burton. Philadelphia Inquirer: Offshore drilling an issue in N.J. congressional race. 5 July 2010. "Since the disaster, Runyan said he still favors drilling off New Jersey's coast. 'We have to sit down and get our regulations straight and make sure they are applied, and once that's done, I don't have a problem with it.'" (articles.philly.com)
  • Jon Runyan. Issue Position: Energy. 1 December 2011. "We need true bipartisan agreement on a comprehensive, long-term energy policy for America that embraces an "all-of-the-above" approach to energy policy. That means promoting solar, wind and geothermal as legitimate energy sources that are safer for the environment...It also means increasing domestic oil production, including giving individual states the right to pursue offshore drilling at least 50 miles from the coast if approved by their Governor and Legislature. Done sensibly and safely, drilling will create jobs, lower energy costs and reduce our dependence on hostile Middle East governments for oil, which, among other things, is a threat to our national security." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Issue Position: Energy. 15 November 2011. "I support an "all of the above" comprehensive strategy for meeting our nation's energy needs, end our dependence on foreign oil, and reduce the price of gasoline. We must do more of everything including harnessing domestic fossil fuels, expanding renewable energy sources, and the use of nuclear power and clean coal. Providing incentives for the production of solar, wind and geothermal energy sources are also a key component of a comprehensive energy strategy. I support the expansion of offshore drilling and increased oil production as a part of a comprehensive energy strategy, but feel very strongly that the rights of states and their residents must also have a say in the process. Offshore drilling and exploration has many positive potential economic advantages, but those living closest to offshore fossil fuel reserves should also have a say in deciding if leasing will be conducted off their shores." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Offshore Drilling Should Be Left Up to States. 5 April 2010. "President Obama's plan to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling is a step in the right direction for reducing our nation's dependence on foreign oil, creating jobs and bringing down the cost of energy on overburdened consumers." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. HR 1230. 112th Congress. Offshore Leasing Act. Jon Runyan voted Yea on 05/05/2011. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Jon Runyan. HR 910. 112th Congress. Energy Tax Prevention Act. Jon Runyan voted Yea on 04/07/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 15 June 2010. "I, Jon Runyan, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of New Jersey and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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  • Jon Runyan. Issue Position: 2nd Amendment. 15 November 2011. "I support the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arm and will be always stand up for the rights of hunters, competitive shooters and collectors to pursue these traditions and hobbies in accordance with the laws already on the books. As a member of Congress, I will be a strong defender of the 2nd Amendment, and focus my energies on cracking down on illegal guns and the criminals who use them in the commission of a crime." (votesmart.org)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Jon Runyan in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. NRA-ILA: NRA-PVF Endorses Jon Runyan for U.S. House of Representatives in New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District. 16 September 2010. "Runyan supports national right-to-carry reciprocity and efforts to reform the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He also opposes reenacting the Clinton gun and magazine ban and believes sportsmen should have access to federally-owned or administered lands for hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting." (www.nraila.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Jon Runyan. Runyan Casts Vote to Repeal Costly 1099 Mandates in the 2010 Health Care Law. 3 March 2011. "I am pleased to join my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to repeal the misguided 1099 provisions of the 2010 health care law. These provisions essentially created an overwhelming burden for many American businesses. Passage of H.R. 4 was the right thing to do as we seek to get government-imposed obstacles out of the way of businesses, large and small, so that they can create the jobs that we need to get our economy productive and stable again." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. HR 2. 112th Congress. Repealing the Health Care Bill. Jon Runyan voted Yea on 01/19/2011. (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act. 19 January 2011. "Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 2 to repeal the 2010 health care legislation. The law that we seek to repeal today is not the best way to provide cost-effective, quality health care for all Americans. I support enacting incremental reforms such as enabling individuals to purchase coverage across State lines, allowing small businesses to pool together to purchase more affordable coverage, and prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions. I urge my colleagues to support H.R. 2. Let's work together on reforms that truly reduce costs and provide quality health care." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Issue Position: Health. 15 November 2011. "Americans deserve high quality health care at an affordable price. I believe the 2010 health care law hurts the quality of care for Americans without actually reducing costs. For that reason he voted to repeal the law at the start of the 112th Congress. I support enacting incremental reforms such as prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions; enabling individuals to purchase coverage across state lines; and allowing small businesses to pool together to purchase more affordable coverage. I also support the historic and important role the federal government through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has played in conducting the basic scientific research necessary for increasing our understanding and providing potential treatments and cures for numerous disease systems ranging from Alzheimer's disease, autism, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, diabetes, cancer and many more illnesses that impact millions of American families." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Time for Adler to Fully Explain Obamacare Position (press release). 7 May 2012. "Today, Congressman Jon Runyan, a strong proponent of repealing and replacing Obamacare, said it's time Mrs. Adler fully explains her position on the issue so voters have a clear understanding of where she stands. 'I think voters deserve a clear and full explanation from Mrs. Adler regarding her position on this critical issue,' said Rep. Runyan. 'That means providing unambiguous answers to two simple questions: One, would Mrs. Adler vote as a Member of Congress to defund, repeal and replace Obamacare? Two, does Mrs. Adler believe that the United States Supreme Court should find the law unconstitutional and overturn it or not? The people of Burlington and Ocean counties look forward to hearing her response.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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  • Jon Runyan. Issue Position: Immigration. 15 November 2011. "First and foremost we must secure our borders and stop the flow of illegal immigrants into our country. Anyone here illegally should be sent back home and required to enter our country legally and through the proper channels. I also support E-Verify to ensure the employers are required to confirm the immigration status of prospective employees prior to hiring them. The bottom line: We are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. When it comes to immigration and border security, the federal government has simply failed to do its job, and that is why I commend the people of Arizona for taking decisive action and confronting this growing crisis head-on. The Justice Department decision to sue Arizona for taking such action is an outrage and I strongly support Arizona in their legal fight." (votesmart.org)
  • Dubravka Kolumbic. South Jersey Central Record: John Adler, Jon Runyan both claim the 'moderate' mantle at District 3 Congressional debate at Medford Leas. 2 November 2010. "Yes, we are a nation of immigrants, but we are also a nation of laws. If you are here illegally, you should be put at the back of the line and go through the process like all of us here did and all of our ancestors did. To enforce the laws are not that hard, that's what they are there for." (www.southjerseylocalnews.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Jon Runyan. Issue Position: Marriage. 15 November 2011. "While I support civil unions for gay couples, I firmly believe in traditional marriage and its definition as being between one man and one woman." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Jon Runyan. OnTheIssues. 2 November 2010. "I disagree with President Obama's strange decision to stop describing the international fight against radical Islamic extremists as "The War on Terror." Playing semantics doesn't solve problems. Israel is one of America's strongest and most important allies in the war on terror, and we must continue to fully cooperate in combating radical Islamic terrorism. I support intelligence sharing between the US and Israeli intelligence agencies to help combat this threat, as well as military support." (www.ontheissues.org)
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

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  • Jon Runyan. Issue Position: Seniors, Social Security & Medicare. 15 November 2011. "We need to keep the commitments that have been made to our seniors, while keeping Social Security and Medicare solvent for future generations. That means eliminating waste, fraud and abuse that literally costs the system billions of dollars every year." (votesmart.org)
  • Jon Runyan. Medicare and Social Security. 27 April 2012 "That's why earlier this year, I was proud to support a fiscally responsible budget that put Medicare and Social Security on sound fiscal footing. A budget that protected these important safety net programs for current retirees and those nearing retirement, while making sure they will still be there for our children and grandchildren. During my last campaign, I vowed to protect and preserve Medicare and Social Security. As Congressman, that is exactly what I have done. I refuse to look the other way, while these programs lurch towards insolvency, leaving future Congress' with only two choices -- deep benefit cuts or steep, job-killing tax increases." (votesmart.org)

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