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Tom MacArthur's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NJ) - District 3, Republican
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Tom MacArthur 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-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Rated 0% by Planned Parenthood (
  • "Tom supports parental notification for minors and a ban on late-term abortions, and he opposes using taxpayer dollars to fund abortion." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R. 7 "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" (
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

  • "Tom will push for comprehensive tax reform that makes our federal tax code flatter and simpler […]." (
  • Signed the ATR pledge stating to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses […]." (
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tom believes in treatment instead of prison for non-violent offenders, and for harsh penalties for drug dealers." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "[…] Tom will fight for a balanced budget amendment that will force government to live within its means, better focus our spending priorities and protect future generations from being buried in debt that they didn’t incur." (
  • "He will promote free market policies […]." (
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Voted in favor of H.R.1105 "Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015" (
  • "Tom wants tax reform that will lower rates to encourage economic growth that keeps jobs and capital here in America, instead of forcing it overseas." (
  • "In Congress, Tom will push for comprehensive tax reform that makes our federal tax code flatter and simpler […]." (
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The federal government has a role, but I don’t think that role should be absolutely controlling education. That’s best done by parents, school boards with state oversight." (
  • "Tom believes states, local school districts, parents and teachers are far better equipped to shape the education our children receive, as opposed to federal bureaucrats in Washington, DC." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He […] strongly supports projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline […]." (
  • Voted in favor of S.1. "A Bill to Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline" (
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

  • "Tom also backs offshore wind as an important potential source of clean energy for our region and will support the extension of the renewable energy production tax credit so this burgeoning industry can remain competitive with more mature energy sources." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He opposes a national energy tax like cap-and-trade […]." (
  • "MacArthur will oppose an Obama-style cap and trade plan that amounts to a nationalenergy tax on middle-class home and business owners, and instead pursue an 'all of the above' approach […]." (
  • Voted in favor of S.J.Res.23 "A Joint Resolution Providing for Congressional Disapproval Under Chapter 8 of Title 5, United States Code, of a Rule Submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency Relating to 'Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New, Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units' " (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tom is a long-standing supporter of the Second Amendment and will defend the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families, to hunt, to collect, and to shoot competitively or recreationally." (
  • Rated 93% by the National Rifle Association (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Tom will work to repeal Obamacare […]." (
  • "He supports free market solutions that reduce costs, allow people to keep their doctors, and moves us away from a one-size-fits-all, government-controlled approach." (
  • Voted in favor of H.R.3762 "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015" (
Yes Inferred 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

  • "I’ve said the same thing to anyone who has asked me and that is I oppose amnesty." (
  • "Tom believes that any attempt to address immigration must begin with strong and secure borders and that any illegal immigrant who has committed a crime must be immediately returned to their country of origin." (
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "He opposes same-sex marriage, saying that issue should be decided by 'the individual states and their voters, not activist courts or the federal government.'" (
  • "While all people should be treated equally under the law, Tom believes marriage is between one man and one woman." (
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I urge the President and Members of Congress in both parties to join together in implementing a forceful strategy of increased airstrikes […] to take the fight to these terrorists and destroy them." (
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

  • "Tom believes Social Security is a promise that must be kept to our citizens. Americans who work and pay into the system should receive the benefits they earn and those benefits should keep pace with inflation." (
  • "I've said repeatedly that we must fight to keep Medicare and Social Security benefits […]." (
  • "Tom will protect Social Security and Medicare for senior citizens and those nearing retirement, and he will strengthen them for future generations." (


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.

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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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