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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund

1999 Positions on Gun Rights

Issues: Guns
State Office District Name Party Rating
NJ U.S. House 7 Leonard Lance Republican A+
NJ U.S. House 8 Albio Sires Democratic F
NJ U.S. House 12 Bonnie Watson Coleman Democratic F
NJ State Assembly 6 Lou Greenwald Democratic F
NJ State Assembly 7 Herbert Conaway, Jr. Democratic F
NJ State Assembly 10 David Wolfe Republican A
NJ State Assembly 15 Reed Gusciora Democratic F
NJ State Assembly 22 Jerry Green Democratic F
NJ State Assembly 25 Michael Carroll Republican A+
NJ State Senate 5 Nilsa Cruz-Perez Democratic C
NJ State Senate 9 Christopher Connors Republican A+
NJ State Senate 10 Jim Holzapfel Republican B
NJ State Senate 12 Sam Thompson Republican B+
NJ State Senate 16 Christopher Bateman Republican F
NJ State Senate 17 Bob Smith Democratic F
NJ State Senate 34 Nia Gill Democratic D
NJ State Senate 37 Loretta Weinberg Democratic F
Michael Arnone A
Nicholas Asselta A+
Alan Augustine A+
Joseph Azzolina, Sr. B+
Richard Bagger A-
Peter Barnes, Jr. B-
Pete Biondi A-
Francis Blee B
Francis Bodine A
Barbara Buono B-
Wilfredo Caraballo F
Joseph Charles, Jr. F
Larry Chatzidakis A
Neil Cohen B
Jack Collins A+
Jack Conners F
Steven Corodemus A+
Melvin Cottrell A
Marion Crecco A+
Alex DeCroce B+
Paul DiGaetano A+
Joseph Doria, Jr. F
Clare Farragher A+
Nicholas Felice A
Arline Friscia D
Raul Garcia F
Scott Garrett A+
George Geist A+
John Gibson A+
Guy Gregg A+
Rose Marie Heck F
Anthony Impreveduto F
LeRoy Jones, Jr. F
John Kelly A
Kenneth LeFevre B
Joseph Malone III A
Richard Merkt A+
Jeffrey Moran A+
Carol Murphy B+
Connie Myers A
Kevin O'Toole A+
William Payne F
Mary Previte F
Joan Quigley D
Joseph Roberts, Jr. F
John Rooney A
David Russo B+
Robert Smith F
Thomas Smith, Sr. C
Craig Stanley F
Alfred Steele B
Gary Stuhltrager A+
Joseph Suliga C-
Guy Talarico A+
Charlotte Vandervalk A
Joel Weingarten A+
John Wisniewski D
Gerald Zecker A+
Charles Zisa F

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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