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Joshua Gottheimer's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 5, Democratic
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Joshua Gottheimer 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.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I unequivocally support women’s reproductive rights and will fight any attempt to get between a woman and her doctor when it comes to making personal healthcare choices." http://josh4congress.com/issues/ (josh4congress.com)
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

  • "Our tax code is a mess and it’s crushing our residents and pushing dozens of businesses out of our state — taking jobs and dollars with them. We have the third highest corporate tax rate in the world; twice as many US companies have moved overseas to escape our high taxes in the last ten years than in the twenty years prior." http://josh4congress.com/issues/ (josh4congress.com)
  • "I do not believe we should raise taxes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1101127/jackson-a-new-democrat-alternative-in-5th-congressional-district (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I will also work for prison reform for nonviolent offenders, an area with great bipartisan support. We waste massive amounts of money on strategies that make our communities less, not more, safe." http://josh4congress.com/issues/ (josh4congress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There are clear economic benefits to improving our infrastructure. Studies have shown that each dollar of infrastructure spending increases the gross state product by two dollars. Moreover, fixing infrastructure helps attract new residents, businesses, and raises property values." http://josh4congress.com/issues/ (josh4congress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Second, I want to keep dollars with our citizens and companies, not the IRS. But until we cut our taxes altogether, we must fight to bring more of the tax dollars we send to Washington back to New Jersey – dollars for basic needs like grants for our schools, clean water, fire trucks and infrastructure." http://josh4congress.com/issues/ (josh4congress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support the President’s All-of-the-Above Energy Strategy that promotes safer, more effective development of the energy sources we currently rely on while advancing and promoting the adoption of cleaner, more efficient energy sources." http://onyourballot.vote411.org/race-detail.do?id=14808809 (onyourballot.vote411.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "In the wake of the worst mass shooting in our nation's history and deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11, Josh Gottheimer today called on Congress to immediately close the gun loophole that allows potential terrorists on the FBI's no-fly list to still purchase a firearm." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/1101025/gottheimer-congress-must-close-loophole-that-allows-suspected-terrorist-buy-guns (votesmart.org)
  • Rated 7% by National Rifle Association http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/169202/joshua-gottheimer/37 (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Everyone should have access to quality affordable healthcare, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that our country achieves that goal." http://onyourballot.vote411.org/race-detail.do?id=14808809 (onyourballot.vote411.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe that everyone should be treated equally no matter what their background, race, sexual orientation, or station in life. We will only succeed as a nation if everyone is included and treated with respect and dignity." http://josh4congress.com/issues/ (josh4congress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We must eliminate ISIS to prevent the next 9/11, secure our nation’s borders, equip our military and law enforcement agencies with the training and cutting-edge resources they need, and protect our communities from lone-wolf terrorists." http://josh4congress.com/issues/ (josh4congress.com)
No Inferred 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

  • "I promise to protect Social Security and Medicare for future generations and will oppose any attempt to privatize or cut the benefits of these essential programs. Instead, we should make our current programs more sustainable for future generations. Social Security and Medicare are the foundation of our retirement security; it should be a guarantee – not a gamble." http://josh4congress.com/issues/ (josh4congress.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.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

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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