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Gerald Cardinale's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State Senate (NJ) - District 39, Republican
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Gerald Cardinale has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2013 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Gerald Cardinale is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 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.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xf) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xg) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles

We should never allow killing of the innocent however the courts have taken this matter out of the provenance of the legislature

State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Maintain Statusa) Education (Higher)
Greatly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Emergency preparedness
Maintain Statusd) Environment
Maintain Statuse) Health care
Maintain Statusf) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Greatly Decreaseh) Property taxes
Slightly Decreasei) Sales taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Vehicle taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Nol) Should the state sales taxes be extended to Internet sales?
Nom) Should accounts such as a "rainy day" fund be used to balance the state budget?
Non) Should fee increases be used to balance the state budget?
Noo) Do you support leasing the New Jersey Turnpike to a private company to help reduce the state's debt?
p) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
Yesa) Do you support the current limit of terms for New Jersey governors?
Yesb) Do you support limiting the number of terms for New Jersey state senators and representatives?
c) Do you support limiting the following types of contributions to state legislative candidates?
Yes1) Individual
Yes2) PAC
Yes3) Corporate
No4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Noe) Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?
Yesf) Do you support adopting statewide standards for counting, verifying and ensuring accuracy of votes?
Yesg) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in New Jersey are closed?
Undecidedh) Should New Jersey continue to recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Noi) Should New Jersey recognize marriages between same-sex couples?
Yesj) Do you support a New Jersey constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman?
Nok) Do you support the New Jersey state government using eminent domain to seize private property for the purpose of private development?
l) Other or expanded principles

<p>When we do take private property for true public purposes we must compensate both owners and tenants fairly. Too often established business owners are under compensated</p>

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
Xb) Support the death penalty in New Jersey.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Xe) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
f) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xg) Strengthen penalties and sentences for drug-related crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Require that crimes based on race, ethnic background, religious belief, sex, age, disability, or sexual orientation be prosecuted as hate crimes.
j) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
Xk) Strengthen sex-offender laws.
Xl) Support the restriction of the sale of products used to make methamphetamine (e.g. tablets containing pseudophedrine, ephedrine and phenylpropanolamine).
m) Other or expanded principles

In egregious circumstances I support h but not in all cases. Same comment fo i

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
e) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
Xf) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
Xg) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
Xh) Support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams.
i) Provide state funding to increase teacher salaries.
j) Increase funding for Head Start programs.
Xk) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable.
Xl) Support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods.
m) Support abstinence-only sexual education programs.
n) Other or expanded principles

We spend a great deal of money on Education in N.J. but not enough goes into classroom. Proportion needs to change and political patronage must stop. It is prevelant in some ABBott districts

Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for state job-training programs that retrain displaced workers and teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce state government regulations on the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xc) Provide low interest loans and tax credits for starting, expanding, or relocating businesses.
Xd) Provide tax credits for businesses that provide child care for children in low-income working families.
e) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
f) Support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Jersey's anti-discrimination laws.
g) Increase the state minimum wage.
h) Other or expanded principles
Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on:
Noa) Public employment
Nob) State college and university admissions
Noc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles

I do support limited set asides for small busineses dealing with government. I believe government should avoid racial, ethnic or gender bias in those set asides

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
Xa) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology.
Xb) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil).
Xc) Use state funds to clean up former industrial and commercial sites that are contaminated, unused, or abandoned.
d) Increase funding for improvements to New Jersey's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xe) Support funding for open space preservation.
f) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) Other or expanded principles

We should reexamine nuclear power options to determine if that technology can limit dependence on foreign oil while reducing pollution and greenhouse gas.<br />

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
b) Ease state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Repeal state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
e) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
f) Require a license for gun possession.
g) Other or expanded principles

<p>We need reasoned and logical requirements for gun permits. The debate is too shrill. If the right people to have the means to protect themselves we will all be safer. The statistics are compelling. Your questions are inherently biased.<br /></p>

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.
Xa) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary.
Xb) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs.
Xc) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs.
e) Guaranteed medical care to all citizens is not a responsibility of state government.
f) Legalize physician assisted suicide in New Jersey.
g) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles

We must facilitate involuntary outpatient committment. My bill to establish a better option for mental health decisions has passed the Senate and awaits Assembly action. Timely intervention promotes safety

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
b) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
c) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
Xd) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
Xe) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
Xf) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) Other or expanded principles

Incentive plus opportunity promote economic progress for all. But high taxes and overregulation disproportionally affect the poor. Government must get out of the way of prosperity

Please explain in a total of 75 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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