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Jeff Van Drew

Jeff Van Drew's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Jeff Van Drew
Office: State Senate (NJ) - District 1, Democratic
First Elected: 11/06/2007
Last Elected: 11/05/2013
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Ricarda; 2 Children
Birth Date: 02/23/1953
Birth Place: New York City, NY
Home City: Cape May Court House, NJ
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Jeff Van Drew has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2013 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jeff Van Drew is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

New Jersey State Legislative Election 1997 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be legally available.
Xb) Abortions should be legally available when the procedure is completed within the first trimester of pregnancy.
c) Abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape or when the life of the woman is endangered.
d) Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered.
e) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xf) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and parental notification requirements.
Nog) Should New Jersey government funding be provided to clinics and medical facilities that provide abortion services?
Yesh) Do you support a state ban on the partial-birth abortion procedure?
If yes, should a ban include an exception when the health of the woman is endangered?
Yesshould a ban include an exception when the life of the woman is endangered?
i) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action in New Jersey.
Xa) The New Jersey government should prosecute cases of discrimination in the public and private sectors.
b) The New Jersey government should consider race and sex in making hiring, contracting and admissions decisions.
c) The New Jersey government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
d) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding auto insurance reform in New Jersey.
Xa) Support more aggressive prosecution of insurance fraud through the hiring of additional fraud investigators.
Xb) Create an elected, as opposed to appointed, Insurance Commissioner.
Xc) Support a continued freeze on insurance rates.
Xd) Reduce insurance premiums.
Xe) Reduce or eliminate insurance company surcharges.
Xf) Support policies that give consumers a greater choice of insurance companies, plans and rates.
Xg) Reinstate the Office of Public Advocate.
h) Eliminate the no-fault insurance program.
i) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding children & family issues in New Jersey.
Xa) Increase state funding for programs to prevent teen pregnancy.
Xb) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for their employees.
Xc) Deny or suspend state-issued permits and licenses to parents who are delinquent in paying court-ordered child support.
Nod) Do you believe that the New Jersey government should recognize same-sex marriages?
e) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime in New Jersey.
Xa) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and for hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Expand and promote "community policing" programs.
Xc) Support "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve their full sentences with no chance of parole.
d) Expand the use of the death penalty for additional circumstances relating to murder.
e) Oppose the death penalty.
f) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xg) Continue to impose mandatory life sentences for third-time, violent felons.
Xh) Inform communities when a convicted sex offender moves into the community.
i) Increase state funds for programs which rehabilitate and educate inmates during and after their prison sentences.
j) Decriminalize the possession and private use of certain illegal drugs such as marijuana.
Xk) Strengthen penalties and sentences associated with drug-related crimes.
Xl) Implement chain gangs in which prison inmates work together in chained work groups.
m) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) to address juvenile crime in New Jersey.
Xa) Prosecute juveniles who commit murder or other serious violent crimes as adults.
b) Expand the death penalty to apply to 16 and 17-year-olds who commit murder.
Xc) Provide state funding for military-style "boot-camps" for juvenile first-time felons.
Xd) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xe) Support state government funding of programs for at-risk youth such as guaranteed college loans and job training and placement.
f) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding New Jersey's economic development.
Xa) Increase state funds for improving the state's transportation system, including major roadways, railways and airports.
Xb) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for expanding, starting or relocating businesses.
c) Expand legalized gambling (e.g., casino gambling, slot machines, Keno).
Xd) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector.
e) Remove state government controls or caps from wages, prices, rents, profits, production and interest rates.
Xf) Support limits on cash damages in lawsuits against businesses and professionals for product liability or malpractice.
Xg) Increase state funding for programs to re-train unemployed workers.
h) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding New Jersey's education system.
Xa) Increase state funds for professional development and salaries of public school faculty.
b) Endorse teacher-led voluntary school prayer in public schools.
Xc) Encourage private or corporate investment in certain public school programs.
d) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any participating school (public, private, religious, technical).
Xe) Support continuation of charter schools where teachers and other professionals receive state authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xf) Require the use of state-wide achievement standards for all state public schools.
g) Emphasize local control of education as long as the school district meets state health and safety standards.
Xh) Support sex education programs which stress abstinence.
Xi) Support sex education programs which stress safe sexual practices.
Xj) Offer financial incentives to encourage school districts to consolidate.
k) Other

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Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding New Jersey's environment and natural resources.
a) Support tougher environmental standards in order to encourage the sale of cleaner-burning fuels throughout New Jersey.
b) Support tougher auto emission inspection standards.
c) Support "self-audit" legislation which creates incentives for polluting industries to audit themselves and clean up pollution.
d) Require a cost/benefit analysis be completed to determine the economic impact of proposed environmental regulations before they are implemented.
e) Require the state to reimburse citizens when state-sponsored environmental regulations limit the use of privately-owned land.
Xf) Provide funding for recycling programs in New Jersey.
Xg) Request flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environmental regulations.
h) Suspend New Jersey's participation in unfunded, federally mandated environmental protection legislation.
i) Maintain environmental quality standards equal to, but not exceeding, those mandated by current federal regulations.
j) Other
a) Do you support amending the New Jersey Constitution to limit the terms of New Jersey's State Senators and Assemblymembers?
If yes, limit:
Yesb) Do you support amending the U.S. Constitution to require an annual balanced federal budget?
Yesc) Do you support stricter limits on individual contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesd) Do you support stricter limits on PAC contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yese) Do you support stricter limits on corporate and union contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yesf) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yesg) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
h) Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?
i) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding gun issues.
a) Increase state restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.
b) Maintain all state registration procedures and state restrictions on possession of firearms.
c) Ease state procedures and restrictions on the purchase and registration of firearms.
d) Repeal all state bans and measures that restrict law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms.
e) Allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms.
f) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding New Jersey's health care system.
Xa) Expand state funding for pre-natal and infant care programs available in the state, including immunizations.
Xb) Provide tax incentives to assist small businesses in providing health care to their employees.
c) Ensure that New Jersey's citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms or state-funded care where necessary.
d) Guaranteeing medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
e) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
f) Other
Indicate what changes you support (if any) regarding levels of funding for the following categories.
a) Abortion
b) Affirmative Action
c) AIDS Programs
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Health Care
g) Law Enforcement
h) Welfare
Noi) Do you support turning over more state functions to the private sector?
j) Other
Please indicate the changes you will support (if any) regarding New Jersey's tax levels.
a) Alcohol Taxes
b) Business Taxes
c) Capital Gains Taxes
d) Cigarette Taxes
e) Income Taxes (incomes less than $75,000)
f) Income Taxes (incomes greater than $75,000)
g) Property Taxes
h) Sales Taxes
i) State Fees
Noj) Do you support a flat tax structure for state income taxes?
k) Other
Please indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding New Jersey's welfare system.
Xa) Provide childcare services to welfare recipients who work or attend school.
b) Allow welfare recipients to work and still receive state-funded health care and child care (if needed) until they become self-sufficient.
Xc) Require that able-bodied welfare recipients receive job training, attend school, or work in order to receive welfare benefits.
Xd) Require that unwed mothers under the age of 18 attend school and live with a parent or guardian (if possible) to receive welfare benefits.
Xe) Limit welfare benefits given to recipients who have additional children.
f) Provide two-parent families living in poverty the same welfare benefits as one-parent families.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare and advocate privately-funded assistance to people in need.
Xh) Support a two-year limit on welfare benefits for recipients who are able to work.
i) Other
Please explain what your two main legislative priorities will be if you are elected/re-elected to the New Jersey State Legislature.

I'll work with both parties to lower car insurance rates. My plan forces everyone to the table -- and requires three rate-lowering options. If the state won't decide, then the public should vote on a solution. Campaigns could be productive if candidates took responsibility for advertisements, as I'm doing.

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