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John Adler's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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John Adler refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Right to Life Committee. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Adler supported the interests of the National Right to Life Committee 0 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Adler supported the interests of NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. H Amdt 509 to HR 3962. 111th Congress. An amendment printed in Part C of House Report 111-330 to codify the Hyde Amendment in H.R. 3962. The amendment prohibits federal funds for abortion services in the public option. It also prohibits individuals who receive affordability credits from purchasing a plan that provides elective abortions. However, it allows individuals, both who receive affordability credits and who do not, to separately purchase with their own funds plans that cover elective abortions. It also clarifies that private plans may still offer elective abortions. Project Vote Smart Summary: John Adler voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. 2007. Project Vote Smart: New Jersey State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Taxpayers Union. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Adler supported the interests of the National Taxpayers Union 21 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Congressman John Adler Sponsors Bill To Strengthen Fiscal Responsibility And Accountability. 12 June 2009. "Congressman John Adler announced his support for a legislative effort to strengthen Congress' commitment to fiscal responsibility and accountability by reinstituting statutory pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) rules. The "Fiscal Honesty and Accountability Act of 2009," would require both the House and Senate to abide by PAYGO rules if enacted into law. The legislation goes even further than the proposal released by the White House this week. "Families and small businesses in New Jersey strive to live with a balanced budget and Congress should be expected to do the same," said Congressman Adler, a member of the House Financial Services Committee. "This bill will put the federal government back on a path toward fiscal responsibility and long-term sustainability." The White House proposal would reinstate PAYGO for all legislation, except for four policies - renewing the 2001 & 2003 tax cuts, patching the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), updating Medicare reimbursement, and modifying the estate tax. These exempted policies would cost approximately $2.5 trillion to the national debt over the next ten years. The legislation that Congressman Adler sponsored would require all new legislation to abide by PAYGO rules." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Adler. HR 1. 111th Congress. Making supplemental appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, assistance to the unemployed, and State and local fiscal stabilization, for fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: John Adler voted YES on 13 February 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. John Adler's Statement on Congress' Failure to Pass the Bailout Bill. 29 September 2008. "'What occurred in Washington today underscores the need for new leadership and an end to the partisan finger-pointing that poisons our system. The American taxpayers deserve an expedient, responsible response to the economic crisis, and both parties need to put aside their petty differences and get the job done. Congress must pass a bill that puts our financial system in order while providing the safeguards required to protect taxpayers from bearing the brunt of this turmoil.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Adler Votes Against Additional Bailout Funding. 22 January 2009. "Congressman John Adler voted today to prevent the release of an additional $350 billion in spending for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. In doing so, he parted with Democratic Party leadership on the side of America's taxpayers. Adler was the only New Jersey Democrat to oppose additional TARP funding. Adler's statement appears below: 'We don't know where the first $350 billion went. We have a right and an obligation to find out before anyone writes another $350 billion check. The folks on Main Street sure haven't seen their share of this $350 billion. We should put in place now the spending limitations President Bush rejected back in October: executive compensation limits; no more corporate jets; payback to the taxpayers; lending requirements to get the money flowing to businesses. Just last week, I voted for those limitations; the American public deserves all these protections and more.'" (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Congressman John Adler Votes To Crack Down On Government Waste, Fraud And Abuse. 28 April 2010. "As middle class families, seniors and small businesses cut down on costs, so should Washington. This sort of waste is outrageous, especially while so many families struggle with a tough economy. Congress should continue to focus on commonsense, bipartisan solutions to reduce the federal deficit." (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Issue Position: Small Businesses. "Small businesses are the back bone of our economy. They account for nearly sixty percent of our private sector jobs and over the past 15 years created two-thirds of our economy's new jobs. Cutting unnecessary red-tape for our small businesses will aid in our economic recovery. Congressman Adler is working in a bipartisan way to make sure small businesses can spark private sector growth. Too often, Washington uses a "one size fits all" approach when regulating business. Congressman Adler has worked across the aisle to pass bills that remove onerous rules and regulations meant to police large corporations rather than our small business owners. As the author of the red flags amendment, the Congressman wrote and passed legislation that will keep doctors' offices and small businesses open because they will not pay the high costs of complying with federal trade rules. Recently, he passed a small business exemption from strict and expensive mandates, which the Wall Street Journal said will "create jobs at to no cost to the taxpayer." Congressman Adler remains committed to working with our small businesses. He regularly meets with his Small Business Advisory Board to find ways to get credit flowing, reduce businesses' taxes and limit regulations that inhibit economic growth. He is rolling up his sleeves to make sure our small businesses can grow and our families have the opportunity to land a good-paying, private sector job." (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Issue Position: Fiscal Accountability. "No parent dreams of saddling their children with debt. Yet, it seems this is the daily business of Washington. It's time we get serious about curbing government fraud, waste and abuse and paying down our debt. Cutting Federal Spending Congress must get out of the habit of spending money it does not have. Congressman John Adler know it's critical to cut federal spending. The Congressman stood up to party leadership to oppose $1.1 trillion worth of spending that constituted a 12-percent increase from 2009 levels. After listening to local middle-class families, seniors and small businesses, he opposed expensive government measures like the wasteful bank bailout and healthcare reform. Despite their expensive price tags neither measure could get banks back to lending or contain healthcare costs for families or small businesses. Paying Down Our Debt Congress must do more to pay down the out-of-control federal deficit. Congressman Adler advocated for a federal pay-as-you-go law that helped previous Congresses balance the budget. He even has a plan to save taxpayer money by ending pension payments to corrupt public officials. Congressman Adler is working hard to make sure our taxpayer dollars go where they are intended. After our federal government made the wasteful bank bailout law, the Congressman called for more oversight over these funds. He is making sure that every nickel paid back to the federal government goes towards paying down the debt. The time for budget gimmicks are over. Our nation can no longer finance programs it cannot afford." (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Issue Position: Jobs. "The Congressman knows how hard the recession has been on middle-class families, seniors and small businesses. When one out of ten Americans are out of work, the economy affects us all at a personal level. Washington needs to get out of the way and let the private sector get to work. Congressman Adler voted for and introduced legislation to give the middle-class tax cuts. He also sponsored legislation to help families in New Jersey struggling with their property taxes. This will put more money in the hands of families and businesses. The Congressman has visited businesses in his district and meets regularly with local business leaders to find out how the government can push financial institutions to lend and end needless bureaucracy that harms small business growth. Ideas and hard work from the private sector will be what turns around our economy. The Congressman is working to rein in reckless federal spending, so that it does not crowd out the private sector. Finally, the Congressman is working to hold the Big Banks and greedy executives accountable for their reckless schemes. Wall Street got our country into this mess, and Congressman Adler is working to make sure they cannot do it again. The Congressman opposed the wasteful bank bailout and supports tough, commonsense measures that make sure Wall Street can no longer take risky gambles with our hard-earned money." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Adler. Issue Position: Social Security. "John Adler strongly opposes privatizing Social Security. We simply cannot risk gambling with Social Security funds on a shifting stock market. Social Security has been one of the most stable government initiatives in history, and many of our citizens are depending on its continued strength. The collapse of entities like Bear Stearns shows us that betting on Wall Street to safeguard the retirements of middle class Americans is a risky endeavor." (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Issue Position: Social Security & Medicare. "John Adler personally understands the important role that Social Security plays for seniors and widows. As a child, John and his mother relied on Social Security when his father died. This is why John strongly opposes privatizing Social Security and Medicare. As seen with the severe drop in the stock market in 2008, seniors and workers simply cannot risk gambling Social Security funds on an unpredictable stock market." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Adler. New Jersey Jewish News - Cherry Hill Lawmaker Adler Eyes Open Seat in House. 17 January 2008. "Jewish values also play a role 'in terms of social concern for the oppressed and the poor, in terms of environmentalism and making sure the Earth itself is healed, and, for me personally, when we voted to abolish the death penalty recently,' he said. 'For me, it was a matter of faith. It was really a belief that government should not kill that we should follow that commandment.'" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Adler. 2007. Project Vote Smart: New Jersey State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students;" "d) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure);" "e) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers;" "k) Provide state funding for tax incentives and financial aid to help make college more affordable."
  • John Adler. Issue Position: Education. "Special education is one of the biggest cost drivers in education funding. Although the federal government mandates specialized services for classified students through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, they cover only about 17% of the cost. If elected, John Adler would push the federal government to fulfill its original promise to provide 40% of special education funding." (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Issue Position: Education. "As the father of four children, John Adler understands that the future of our state and our country depends on our children and their education. As the pace of globalization increases, our children will have to compete with the rest of the world for the best jobs. The No Child Left Behind Act was established to make sure that our public schools educate our children for the 21st century and give them the tools for success. No Child Left Behind needs to be reformed. It has too many unfunded mandates, and it is one reason that property taxes have risen in the past decade. Furthermore, Congressman Adler understands that No Child Left Behind Act places too much emphasis on testing. He will work to overhaul the No Child Left Behind Act in a way that will benefits students, teachers, parents and the community. John Adler is also focusing on improving math and science education in America. He understands that we need to be a nation of problem solvers to succeed in a global economy. In Congress, John Adler voted for the COMPETES Act, which will provide historic investments in science, technology, engineering and math school programs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Environment America. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Adler supported the interests of Environment America 100 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. 2007. Project Vote Smart: New Jersey State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Promote increased use of alternative fuel technology;" "b) Support increased production of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, and oil);" "f) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law."
  • John Adler. HR 2454. 111th Congress. To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. Project Vote Smart Summary: John Adler voted YES on 26 June 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Issue Position: The Environment, "We Americans have a proud history of rising to meet great challenges. John Adler wants to help meet the challenge of global warming and lead America into a cleaner, greener future." (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Issue Position: Energy & the Environment. "It is not in the interest of our economy or national security to continue to send money overseas for foreign oil. Our nation needs a combination of expanded domestic drilling, nuclear power and alternative forms of clean energy to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and put our economy back on track. America needs an energy policy that will no longer leave our families and seniors hurt by soaring oil prices. Congress must work in a commonsense, bipartisan way to adopt a real energy plan." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Adler. 2007. Project Vote Smart: New Jersey State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "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;" "f) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave John Adler a grade of F. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Adler. 2007. Project Vote Smart: New Jersey State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ensure that citizens have access to basic health care through managed care, insurance reforms, or state-funded care where necessary;" "b) Transfer current Medicaid recipients into managed care programs;" "c) Limit the amount of punitive damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits;" "d) Support patients' right to sue their HMOs;" "g) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes."
  • American Public Health Association. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Adler supported the interests of the American Public Health Association 88 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. HR 3962. 111th Congress. To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. Project Vote Smart Summary: John Adler voted NO on 7 November 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Op-Ed: Philadelphia Inquirer-Why One Democrat Voted No On Health Bill. 17 November 2009. "I am pleased that the legislation makes great strides toward offering all Americans access to affordable health care; includes a public option; and cracks down on many of the insurance industry abuses that add to the high price of health care." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • National Latino Congreso. 2007-2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Adler supported the interests of the National Latino Congreso 0 percent in 2007-2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Issue Position: Immigration. 22 June 2009. "America is a country of immigrants with a proud and rich history. Unfortunately, our immigration system is broken and Washington hasn't done anything to fix it. It is critical to our country's safety and security that we seal the borders and ensure all migration is done so legally. I do not support amnesty nor do I support giving benefits that hardworking American citizens receive to illegal immigrants. I believe we need a president and a Congress who are willing to fight for immigration reform and change the status quo." (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Issue Position: Immigration. "Our immigration system and our borders are broken and Washington has not done anything to fix it. It is critical to our country's safety and security that we seal the borders and ensure all immigration is done so legally. John does not support amnesty nor does he support giving benefits that hardworking American citizens receive to illegal immigrants. John believes that we need a president and a Congress who are willing to fight for immigration reform and change the status quo. Keeping Americans safe must always be the Federal Government's first priority. We must therefore dedicate additional resources to enhance border security and monitoring activities. John supports immigration reform that punishes employers who are giving American jobs to undocumented workers to save a buck. John believes that if we shut down the job opportunities, undocumented workers won't illegally come to the United States. America should reward businesses and individuals who play by the rules and punish those who do not. America is a country of immigrants with a proud and rich history. Having lived the American dream himself, John believes that the United States truly is the land of opportunity. With the passage of these common sense reforms we can begin the process of restoring the integrity of our immigration system and ensure a land of opportunity for generations to come." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Peace Action West. 2009. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. John Adler supported the interests of Peace Action West 15 percent in 2009. (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Congressman Adler's Statement on President Obama's Speech on Afghanistan. 2 December 2009. "While visiting Afghanistan last month, I saw the bravery and patriotic sacrifice of our troops and their families. After seeing the recent success on the ground, I agree that we need additional forces in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and the terrorists that threaten America. I have deep concerns about President Karzai's leadership. The Afghani government must meet the proposed benchmarks of ridding their country of corruption and taking control of their security. More troops will make Afghanistan and Pakistan more secure. We cannot allow the Taliban to obtain nuclear weapons from a destabilized Pakistan. Once we have accomplished our mission of keeping America safe, then our troops must come home." (adler.house.gov)
  • John Adler. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: John Adler voted NO on Limiting Afghanistan Military Funding to Withdrawal and Other Specified Purposes on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. HR 4899. 111th Congress. Supplemental Appropriations Act. Project Vote Smart Summary: John Adler voted NO on Requiring Timetable for Withdrawal from Afghanistan on 1 July 2010. (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Congressman Adler Visits Afghanistan, Meets With Troops. 5 November 2009. "I believe that a more stable Afghanistan is possible. But additional troops are needed in the country to support our security and diplomacy. Stability in Afghanistan is essential to prevent further destabilization in Pakistan, a country we know continues to focuses on nuclear development. A destabilized nuclear Pakistan is a threat to our national security. We must also ensure that Afghanistan and Pakistan are not safe havens for Al-Qaeda terrorists. In the light of the recent elections in Afghanistan, I have ongoing concerns regarding President Karzai's leadership. It is essential that President Karzai obtains the input of the Afghan people and quickly replaces corrupt government officials to ensure that Afghanistan has a government that can be trusted in the future." (votesmart.org)
  • John Adler. Issue Position: Afghanistan. "Congressman Adler is proud to represent Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the first tri-service base in the country. Enhancing the Joint Base, which is one of the main economic drivers in our area and helps keep our country safe and free, is a strong focus for him. Congressman Adler is instrumental in making the Joint Base a success. He has helped bring over $15 million for improvements to the base. In addition, he was instrumental in passing new rules to ensure that civilian workers on McGuire and Dix were paid fairly. Joint Base Commander, Gina Grosso, said, "Congressman Adler achieved in three months what couldn't be achieved in 25 years." Congressman Adler is committed to honoring service members and their families for their patriotic sacrifice. He was a strong proponent of providing stop-loss payments to service members and he strongly supports the new G.I. Bill of Rights. Afghanistan Congressman Adler recently went to Afghanistan to visit New Jersey troops. He believes that we must stay in Afghanistan until al Qaeda is defeated. He has proudly supported providing life-saving body armor and equipment for our brave troops." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Adler. 2007. Project Vote Smart: New Jersey State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Selected UNDECIDED for: "i) Should New Jersey recognize marriages between same-sex couples?;" "j) Do you support a New Jersey constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman?"
  • John Adler. 2007. Project Vote Smart: New Jersey State Legislative National Political Awareness Test. Selected YES for: "h) Should New Jersey continue to recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?"

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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.
Xb) 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.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Require clinics to give parental notification before performing abortions on minors.
h) Other or expanded principles
State Budget: Indicate the funding levels (#1-6) you will support for the following general categories. Select one level per category.
Slightly Increasea) Education (Higher)
Slightly Increaseb) Education (K-12)
Slightly Increasec) Emergency preparedness
Slightly Increased) Environment
Slightly Increasee) Health care
Slightly Increasef) Law enforcement
Slightly Increaseg) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseh) Welfare
i) Other or expanded categories
State Taxes: Indicate the tax levels (#1-6) you will support. Select one level per tax.
Slightly Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasee) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (incomes below $75,000)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (incomes above $75,000)
Slightly Decreaseh) Property taxes
Maintain Statusi) Sales taxes
Maintain Statusj) Vehicle taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Undecidedl) 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?
Undecidedn) 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?
Nob) 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
Yes4) Political Parties
Yesd) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
Yese) 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?
Undecidedg) Do you support prohibiting media exit polling of voters until all polling locations in New Jersey are closed?
Yesh) Should New Jersey continue to recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?
Undecidedi) Should New Jersey recognize marriages between same-sex couples?
Undecidedj) 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

Corruption remains a troubling aspect of New Jersey politics. I would continue to seek deterrents and punishments designed to reduce corruption.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Increase state funds for construction of state prisons and hiring of additional prison staff.
b) 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.
g) 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.
Xj) Increase state funding for community centers and other social agencies in areas with at-risk youth.
k) Strengthen sex-offender laws.
l) 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
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
b) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any public school.
c) Provide parents with state-funded vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Increase state funds for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xe) Increase funds for hiring additional teachers.
f) Support teacher testing and reward with merit pay.
g) Endorse voluntary prayer in public schools.
h) 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.
l) 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
Employment: Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
Xa) 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.
Xe) Increase state funds to provide child care for children in low-income working families.
Xf) Support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Jersey's anti-discrimination laws.
Xg) 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:
Yesa) Public employment
Yesb) State college and university admissions
Yesc) State contracting
d) Other or expanded principles
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.
Xd) Increase funding for improvements to New Jersey's power generating and transmission facilities.
Xe) Support funding for open space preservation.
Xf) Enact environmental regulations even if they are stricter than federal law.
g) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
Xa) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing state restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xb) 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.
Xf) Require a license for gun possession.
g) Other or expanded principles
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.
Xd) 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.
Xg) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare.
Xa) Support increased work requirements for able-bodied welfare recipients.
Xb) Increase funding for employment and job training programs for welfare recipients.
Xc) Increase access to public transportation for welfare recipients who work.
d) Redirect welfare funding to faith-based and community-based private organizations.
e) Use federal TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) funds to extend health and child care subsidies to the working poor.
f) Support marriage promotion programs for welfare recipients.
g) Eliminate government-funded welfare programs.
h) Other or expanded principles
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.

<p>New Jersey must change its regressive over-reliance upon property taxes and reduce its adherence to home rule. Together, property taxes and home rule make home ownership unaffordable, encourage sprawl, and preserve local patronage, inefficiency, and opportunities for corruption.</p><p>New Jersey must also revamp its campaign finance system to reduce the excessive influence of special interests in decision-making at all levels of government. <br /></p>

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