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Chris Christie on Abortion
Click here for 17 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Thousands upon thousands are murdered in the womb. (Jan 2016)
  • FactCheck: Donor to Planned Parenthood in '94, but denies it. (Jan 2016)
  • Put defunding of Planned Parenthood on the president's desk. (Sep 2015)
  • I defunded Planned Parenthood in N.J. for 6 years running. (Sep 2015)
  • Successfully defunded Planned Parenthood in New Jersey. (Aug 2015)
  • Ban abortions after 20 weeks, with exceptions. (Jun 2015)
  • FactCheck: No, Dems allow plenty of pro-life speakers. (Mar 2014)
  • GOP tolerates pro-choice views; Dems don't tolerate pro-life. (Mar 2014)
  • 1996: partial birth procedure is reprehensible. (Jun 2012)
  • 1994: Donated to Planned Parenthood; opposed public donation. (Jun 2012)
  • Pro-choice until seeing daughter pre-natally. (Jun 2012)
  • 1996: Switched from pro-choice to pro-life. (Jun 2012)
  • Eliminate family planning funding from state budget. (Jun 2012)
  • I'm pro-life with exceptions; take it or leave it. (Jun 2011)
  • Life is precious and should be protected. (Jun 2011)
  • "Default pro-choice" until hearing 13-week fetal heartbeat. (Jun 2011)
  • Pro-life; the life of every human being is precious. (Jul 2009)
Chris Christie on Budget & Economy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Hillary is coming for your wallet. (Nov 2015)
  • The Fed should stop maintaining low interest rates. (Nov 2015)
  • Cut taxes and reduce spending, while creating new jobs. (Sep 2015)
  • The rich are doing fine; cater to middle-income workers. (Jan 2015)
  • Five balanced budgets in a row, without tax increases. (Oct 2014)
  • Let government shutdown occur, until Legislature is ready. (Jun 2012)
  • 2011: 2% cap on most cities' municipal spending. (Jun 2012)
  • Erased $11B in budget deficit via spending cuts. (Jul 2011)
  • To make budget deal, must get leadership talking in one room. (Jun 2011)
Chris Christie on Civil Rights
Click here for 13 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Black Lives Matter encourages cop killing. (Oct 2015)
  • Churches can use sexual orientation; businesses can't. (Aug 2015)
  • Disagree with Supreme Court, but gay marriage is law of land. (Jun 2015)
  • Gay marriage is settled in NJ, but keep debating nationally. (Jul 2014)
  • If my kids were gay, I'd give them a hug; but no marriage. (Oct 2013)
  • Supreme Court accepting gay marriage was "a bad decision". (Jun 2013)
  • No legislating gay marriage; but referendum ok. (Mar 2013)
  • Homosexuality is not a sin; people are born that way. (Jun 2012)
  • Marriage is an institution between one man & one woman. (Jun 2012)
  • Vetoed closure of Developmental Disabilities Centers. (Aug 2011)
  • Pursue civil unions in NJ, but not same-sex marriage. (Jun 2011)
  • Homosexuals are born that way; they're not sinners. (Jun 2011)
  • Marriage exclusively between one man and one woman. (Jul 2009)
Chris Christie on Corporations
Click here for 8 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • Overhaul ridiculous tax system so companies stop leaving. (Feb 2015)
  • $2.3 billion small business tax relief package. (Jan 2015)
  • Continue small business tax relief: no return to tax-&-spend. (Jan 2013)
  • Casino regulators keep working during government shutdowns. (Jun 2012)
  • Cut business taxes by $600 million annually. (Jun 2012)
  • Shame the bankers out of greedy bonuses, but don't regulate. (Jun 2011)
  • Bring back "Trenton makes, the world takes". (Jul 2009)
  • OpEd: Don't pick winners & losers? Picks "critical" sectors. (Oct 2005)
Chris Christie on Crime
Click here for 17 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • De-criminalizing drug use has reduced prisoner population. (Jan 2016)
  • Police officers are afraid to enforce the law. (Oct 2015)
  • Justice department should stop picking winners & losers. (Oct 2015)
  • Community policing will avoid African-American police deaths. (Aug 2015)
  • Strict bail for violent offenders; free bail for non-violent. (Apr 2015)
  • Ban the Box: no criminal background check for job applicants. (Apr 2015)
  • Bail reform: Keep dangerous criminals in jail until trial. (Jan 2014)
  • 1994: Pushed for faster construction of county jail. (Jun 2012)
  • Increased criminal convictions each year from 2002 to 2007. (Jun 2012)
  • 1995 juvenile justice plan: individualized to child's needs. (Jun 2012)
  • 2002: Aggressive political campaign for US Attorney position. (Apr 2012)
  • OpEd: Loved decrying officials trading on elected office. (Apr 2012)
  • Prosecuted international scheme for human organ sales. (Apr 2012)
  • Bail reform package: jail violent offenders before trial. (Jan 2012)
  • Disallow charging sexual assault victims for forensic exams. (Aug 2011)
  • As US Attorney, won 130 corruption cases and lost none. (Feb 2011)
  • Stand against child pornography and human trafficking. (Jul 2009)
Chris Christie on Drugs
Click here for 13 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • Addiction is an illness and should be treated as such. (Jan 2016)
  • Search for innovative ways to address drug epidemic. (Jan 2016)
  • Allow private sector to offer drug treatment programs. (Nov 2015)
  • Treatment, not jail, for drug addicts; it's a disease. (Nov 2015)
  • I support medical not recreational marijuana. (Sep 2015)
  • Mandatory drug treatment, not jail, for first time dealers. (Sep 2015)
  • Drug addiction is a disease: treatment instead of jail. (Apr 2015)
  • Drug addiction is a disease & it can be treated. (Jan 2015)
  • Drug courts: mandate treatment, not imprisonment. (Jan 2014)
  • 1995: Applied 25% of county salary to drug addict residence. (Jun 2012)
  • Blocked implementation of medical marijuana laws. (Jun 2012)
  • Drug treatment rather than non-violent offenders in prison. (Jan 2012)
  • Outlaw designer drugs labeled as "bath salts". (Aug 2011)
Chris Christie on Education
Click here for 33 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Program for at-risk youths to get them into college. (Jan 2016)
  • Further de-regulate charter schools. (Jan 2016)
  • Focus on college readiness; expand use of apprenticeships. (Jul 2015)
  • Free college is ludicrous, but we can reduce the cost. (Jun 2015)
  • Build up colleges to support business, & avoid "brain drain". (Jul 2009)
  • 1984: As student, made speech to Delaware state Senate. (Jun 2012)
  • Wife and children attended parochial schools. (Jun 2012)

    Public Schools

  • Signed NJ onto Common Core but now regrets it. (Jun 2015)
  • Supports both charter schools and vouchers. (Jun 2015)
  • Extend school until 6 PM daily; and 12 months per year. (Jun 2015)
  • Choice of schools to meet child's needs. (Jan 2015)
  • Combine $8.9B in more funding with needed reform. (Jan 2013)
  • Allow students in failing schools to attend better schools. (Jun 2012)
  • 1999: Lobbied for Edison Schools, for-profit school operator. (Jun 2012)
  • Most great teachers want accountability. (Jun 2011)
  • OpEd: NJ schools best in US; only urban districts struggling. (Feb 2011)
  • OpEd: Ignores that parents educate kids more than teachers. (Feb 2011)
  • OpEd: Christie & NCLB push teachers; but not students. (Feb 2011)
  • Couldn't measure charter success: lost $14M in federal funds. (Feb 2011)
  • More charter schools; ok for private companies to operate. (Feb 2011)
  • Tried to cut school superintendent salaries by edict. (Feb 2011)
  • Expand 73 charter schools to replace 200 failing schools. (Jan 2011)
  • Public education system is failing; increase accountability. (Jul 2009)

    Teacher Unions

  • Teachers unions are not for education of our children. (Aug 2015)
  • Speak the truth to the teachers union; then reform tenure. (Jun 2015)
  • Tenure reform for failing teachers; merit pay for good ones. (Jan 2015)
  • Take on the teachers unions for real tenure reform. (Aug 2012)
  • Dems believe in teacher's unions; we believe in teachers. (Aug 2012)
  • Vote down school budgets unless teachers freeze pay. (Jun 2012)
  • Replace Abbott District funds with tenure reform & charters. (Jan 2012)
  • Let school leaders get certified by alternate routes. (Feb 2011)
  • OpEd: Portrays tenure as lifetime guarantee, but it's not. (Feb 2011)
  • Criticizes NJEA leadership as well as state's teachers. (Feb 2011)
Chris Christie on Energy & Oil
Click here for 11 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • Keystone pipeline would have minimal environmental impact. (Nov 2015)
  • FactCheck: Yes, New Jersey is a solar powerhouse. (Oct 2015)
  • New Jersey used private market to create solar industry. (Oct 2015)
  • Get nuclear power plants back on the table. (Sep 2015)
  • Anthropogenic climate change is real; but build Keystone XL. (Jun 2015)
  • Consider windmills off NJ coast. (Jun 2012)
  • Pulled out of ten-state Regional Greenhouse Gas program. (Jun 2012)
  • The future for New Jersey is in green energy. (Jul 2011)
  • Don't tap strategic reserves for political purposes. (Jun 2011)
  • Incentivize energy manufacturing & wind turbines. (Nov 2009)
  • Make NJ a magnet for renewable energy manufacturer. (Jul 2009)
Chris Christie on Environment
Click here for 8 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • Develop Liberty State Park to generate more revenue. (Jan 2016)
  • Ethanol in gasoline is the law; and that's just the minimum. (Mar 2015)
  • Vetoes regulation of animal confinement for gestating sows. (Nov 2014)
  • New Jersey is being short-changed on Hurricane Sandy relief. (Jan 2013)
  • Canceled work on new Hudson River rail tunnel NYC to NJ. (Jun 2012)
  • Rejected $9B transit project as "tunnel to Macy's basement". (Jun 2012)
  • Jersey shore for tourism instead of offshore drilling. (Aug 2011)
  • $157 million for Green Acres open-space acquisition. (Aug 2011)
Chris Christie on Families & Children
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  • $9.7 more for Early Childhood Intervention Program. (Jul 2011)
Chris Christie on Foreign Policy
Click here for 12 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • World has fewer democracies than before Obama. (Jan 2016)
  • Talk to our allies & foes, & keep our word, like I always do. (Jan 2016)
  • Push Russia out of Middle East; establish US dominance. (Oct 2015)
  • No relations with Cuba until they stop harboring fugitives. (Sep 2015)
  • I won't deal with or even meet with countries that hate us. (Sep 2015)
  • Stop worrying about being loved; instead be respected. (Aug 2015)
  • Arm Emiratis, Jordanians, & others before sending US troops. (Aug 2015)
  • Tourism money won't end up with the people of Cuba. (Aug 2015)
  • Given who I am, Putin would not have invaded Crimea. (Sep 2014)
  • America should be clear to world about what we stand for. (Feb 2014)
  • New isolationism, & reducing anti-terrorism, is dangerous. (Jul 2013)
  • Remain vigilant but stay connected to rest of the world. (Feb 2012)
Chris Christie on Free Trade
Click here for 3 full quotes on Free Trade OR other candidates on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • Supports free trade, but distrusts Obama's TPP agreement. (Nov 2015)
  • Trade mission to Mexico doubles as foreign policy tour. (Sep 2014)
  • Jersey to Jerusalem Trade Mission: led delegation to Israel. (Mar 2012)
Chris Christie on Government Reform
Click here for 22 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • There's nothing for free; federal programs mean taxes. (Nov 2015)
  • Automatic voter registration is government-knows-best. (Nov 2015)
  • I've vetoed 400 bills with no overrides. (Sep 2015)
  • Congress must work together for progress to happen. (Sep 2015)
  • As president, I will enforce law and transparency. (Sep 2015)
  • Reform instead of tax increases. (Jul 2015)
  • Does not support electing Supreme Court justices. (Jul 2015)
  • Consolidate duplicative town governments into single towns. (Jan 2014)
  • Vetoes expanded early-voting system; no side-by-side systems. (May 2013)
  • Stricter limits on PAC campaign donations. (Jun 2012)
  • 1998: Opposed spending $15,000 for new public utility logo. (Jun 2012)
  • 1997: Doubled size of US Attorney's anti-corruption unit. (Jun 2012)
  • Judges who legislate from the bench will not be reappointed. (Jun 2012)
  • Forced resignations at Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission. (Jun 2012)
  • Corruption is key because people need faith in government. (Apr 2012)
  • Legacy as U.S. Attorney: dismantled N.J. Democratic Party. (Apr 2012)
  • Allow just one public salary for state legislators. (Jun 2011)
  • More control over state commissions. (Apr 2011)
  • Refused to reappoint activist judge to NJ Supreme Court. (Nov 2010)
  • Use the line item veto; put everything online. (Nov 2009)
  • 10-point plan to punish criminal officeholders. (Aug 2009)
  • Cut wasteful spending; empower fiscal watchdogs. (Jul 2009)
Chris Christie on Gun Control
Click here for 11 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • Vetoed a statewide I.D. system for gun owners. (Jan 2016)
  • Executive Orders on guns isn't democracy; it's dictatorship. (Jan 2016)
  • Gun restrictions based on terror watchlists is a state issue. (Nov 2015)
  • Gun laws ineffective; focus on mental health. (Oct 2015)
  • Vetoed gun laws that were not about public safety. (Aug 2015)
  • Include mental health records in gun background checks. (Jun 2015)
  • Focus on violence control, not gun control. (Nov 2013)
  • Vetoed outright ban on Barrett .50 caliber rifle. (Oct 2013)
  • We already have too many firearms in our community. (Jun 2012)
  • 2009: No right-to-carry cross-state reciprocity. (Jun 2012)
  • Favors gun control measures from law-enforcement perspective. (Jun 2012)
Chris Christie on Health Care
Click here for 15 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • No single-payer system; no healthcare nationalization. (Nov 2015)
  • Washington runs healthcare as badly as anything else. (Oct 2015)
  • Opposes expanding Medicaid nationally, did expand it in NJ. (Aug 2015)
  • Parents have some choice, but kids should be vaccinated. (Feb 2015)
  • Hold down Medicaid costs while providing focused choice. (Jan 2015)
  • Mandatory quarantine for travelers from Ebola areas. (Oct 2014)
  • 3-week quarantine for Ebola medical workers. (Oct 2014)
  • Expand Medicare, but no N.J. ObamaCare exchange. (Nov 2013)
  • ObamaCare was a mistake; a failed policy from the start. (Nov 2013)
  • Allow insurers to sell "mandate-free" policies. (Jun 2012)
  • Prosecuted politicians & their cronies, including jail time. (Jun 2012)
  • 2002-2006: uncovered $800M in medical kickbacks to doctors. (Jun 2012)
  • $159M for community health centers for the most vulnerable. (Aug 2011)
  • 3.2% funding increase for National Institutes of Health. (Apr 2010)
  • Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid. (Jan 2011)
Chris Christie on Homeland Security
Click here for 20 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • Rebuild our military so tinpot dictators can't dictate to us. (Jan 2016)
  • Give tools back to NSA to fight terrorism. (Jan 2016)
  • Re-start metadata collection; boost morale of intel officers. (Nov 2015)
  • Obama created refugee crisis; now burdens Americans with it. (Nov 2015)
  • Syrian refugees cannot be vetted; don't allow any into US. (Nov 2015)
  • No Syrian refugees in US, not even infant orphans. (Nov 2015)
  • Yes, there is a crisis at the VA. (Nov 2015)
  • On 9/11, I wondered whether I'd be a single parent. (Sep 2015)
  • Balance privacy rights but more NSA tools to fight terrorism. (Aug 2015)
  • I spent 7 years putting terrorists in jail. (Aug 2015)
  • Modernize to have 350 ships and 2,600 aircraft. (Aug 2015)
  • Gathering metadata is necessary for homeland security. (Jul 2015)
  • Libertarian anti-NSA secrecy stance is an esoteric debate. (Jul 2013)
  • Want to reduce anti-terrorism? Come talk to 9/11 victims. (Jul 2013)
  • Second American Century: strong military & sure values. (Aug 2012)
  • Patriot Act OK to monitor library book selections. (Jun 2012)
  • FBI inappropriately detained many people after 9/11. (Jun 2012)
  • Strengthen support network for military families. (Sep 2011)
  • Fund Veteran to Veteran Peer Support Program. (Aug 2011)
  • We ARE the leader in Libya; we MUST be the world's police. (Jun 2011)
Chris Christie on Immigration
Click here for 10 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • Ban radical Islamic jihadists, not all Muslims. (Jan 2016)
  • Secure border with wall & electronics; but no mass deporting. (Sep 2015)
  • Use modern technology to track illegal immigrants. (Aug 2015)
  • E-verify instead of building a physical wall. (Aug 2015)
  • Increase electronic border surveillance and create E-Verify. (Jul 2015)
  • No pathway to citizenship, but college tuition for illegals. (Jun 2015)
  • 2010: supported path to citizenship; 2013: backed away. (Feb 2015)
  • I favor fixing a broken system. (Nov 2013)
  • Path to citizenship in context of fixing broken system. (Nov 2013)
  • I've never been opposed to tuition equality for illegals. (Oct 2013)
Chris Christie on Jobs
Click here for 11 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • I fought greedy unions and irresponsible spending in N.J. (Sep 2015)
  • New Jersey had 0% job growth; then I created 192,000 jobs. (Aug 2015)
  • Focus on reducing unemployment but not government employment. (Jan 2015)
  • Don't raise minimum wage; create better-paying jobs instead. (Oct 2014)
  • Zero means zero: fight abuse of sick leave & pension fraud. (Jan 2014)
  • I inherited 119,000 private-sector jobs lost. (Mar 2013)
  • 75,000 new private sector jobs since taking office in 2010. (Jan 2013)
  • Supports Urban Hub program and Economic Redevelopment Grants. (Jul 2011)
  • Garden State Growth Zones to attract new private investment. (Nov 2009)
  • NJ Partnership for Action: attract quality-paying jobs. (Jul 2009)
  • Ok with either unionized state workers or civil service. (May 2009)
Chris Christie on Principles & Values
Click here for 16 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • No federal department to promote Judeo-Christian values. (Nov 2015)
  • Sometimes must tell constituents to sit down & shut up. (Feb 2015)
  • Cleared of Bridgegate blame, but more investigations coming. (Mar 2014)
  • Parties should become pragmatic when they are out of power. (Feb 2014)
  • More important for leaders to be respected than to be loved. (Aug 2012)
  • Interest in politics started at age 14 in Junior High School. (Jun 2012)
  • 1995: Unapologetic about taking on the establishment. (Jun 2012)
  • Lifelong struggle with weight, despite repeated efforts. (Jun 2012)
  • Occupy Movement and Tea Party agree on anger at government. (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: U.S. Attorney office often leads to statewide posts. (Apr 2012)
  • His idol: Bruce Springsteen; favorite song: Thunder Road. (Apr 2012)
  • 2006: Questioned for subpoenas timing to affect elections. (Apr 2012)
  • The New Jersey Comeback: stop blaming; start building. (Jan 2012)
  • Catholicism informs who I am; but not my political decisions. (Jun 2011)
  • Spent beyond government travel allowance as US Attorney. (Oct 2009)
  • Children attend parochial school. (Jul 2009)
Chris Christie on Social Security
Click here for 13 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Do not prioritize pensions over other critical spending. (Jan 2016)
  • Cut benefits for people earning over $80,000. (Oct 2015)
  • Increase the retirement age because people living longer. (Oct 2015)
  • Save Social Security for those who need it. (Sep 2015)
  • Cut Social Security for wealthy, but don't increase taxes. (Aug 2015)
  • Raise retirement age 2 years, phased in over 25 years. (Aug 2015)
  • The Trust Fund is filled with IOUs: we've been lied to. (Aug 2015)
  • National entitlements reform package including means-testing. (Jun 2015)
  • State pensions cut by $120B; but $90B still to go. (Jan 2015)
  • Pension reform: raise retirement age, suspend COLAs. (Jan 2013)
  • We're in trouble due to overspending on entitlement programs. (Jun 2011)
  • Raise the retirement age, and limit COLA, for state workers. (Jan 2011)
  • Close deficit in state retirement fund over next 7 years. (Jul 2010)
Chris Christie on Tax Reform
Click here for 15 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Abolish the estate tax to incentivize people to stay in NJ. (Jan 2016)
  • Get rid of deductions except charitable & mortgage deduction. (Nov 2015)
  • Get rid of all deductions; get government off our backs. (Nov 2015)
  • I vetoed more tax increases than any governor in history. (Sep 2015)
  • Simplify tax code to three brackets, with highest at 28%. (Jun 2015)
  • I will veto any income tax increases that come before me. (Jan 2015)
  • Cap property tax and interest arbitration awards. (Jan 2014)
  • 2012: Across-the-board tax cut; 2013: exclude over $400K. (Mar 2013)
  • FactCheck: NJ taxes raised 115 times? Only if fees count too. (Aug 2012)
  • 2009: Single tax rate would raise taxes for low earners. (Jun 2012)
  • Reduce all income tax brackets by 10% and restore EITC. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: Vetoed "Millionaire's Tax" on wealthiest New Jerseyans. (Feb 2011)
  • We can and we must lower taxes. (Nov 2009)
  • NJ has highest state tax burden & it's getting worse. (Jul 2009)
  • Keep property tax rebate program. (May 2009)
Chris Christie on Technology
Click here for 7 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • The Chinese don't take us seriously, and why should they? (Nov 2015)
  • Let people play Fantasy Football; who cares? (Oct 2015)
  • Focus on bipartisan reforms instead of Bridgegate. (Oct 2014)
  • Bridgegate: Staff made some significant mistakes in judgment. (Feb 2014)
  • Fired aides for Bridgegate: traffic jam as retribution. (Feb 2014)
  • Eliminate all funding for NJ public broadcasting. (Jun 2012)
  • Put more Motor Vehicle Commission functions online. (Aug 2011)
Chris Christie on War & Peace
Click here for 12 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • There'll be no peace in Syria while Assad is in charge. (Jan 2016)
  • Declare no-fly zone in Syria and enforce against Russians. (Dec 2015)
  • Change rules of engagement to more effectively fight ISIS. (Nov 2015)
  • I'll fly Air Force One over China's artificial islands. (Nov 2015)
  • We need anytime/anywhere inspections for Iran nukes. (Aug 2015)
  • Be ready to send American troops to fight ISIL. (Jun 2015)
  • Syria: If we draw a red line, we must finish the job. (Sep 2014)
  • Governors shouldn't offer opinions about Syria. (Nov 2013)
  • America and Israel share beliefs and share enemies. (Feb 2012)
  • Iranian nukes are profoundly against our national security. (Feb 2012)
  • I'm not a nation-building guy; we've achieved Afghan goals. (Jun 2011)
  • Don't pull troops out of Afghanistan until military says so. (Jun 2011)
Chris Christie on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Food stamps recipients must be in job training programs. (Mar 2016)
  • 12-point entitlement reform plan, including benefit cuts. (Aug 2015)
  • Focus on income inequality drives America toward mediocrity. (Feb 2014)
  • 1996: Working poor hurt by limits on childcare subsidies. (Jun 2012)
  • $100 supplement for seniors' home cooling assistance. (Aug 2011)
  • Urban Fund and NJ Enterprise Zones don't work. (Jul 2009)
  • Gut COAH, the Council on Affordable Housing. (May 2009)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
Put defunding of Planned Parenthood on the president's desk: Strongly Favors topic 1
Successfully defunded Planned Parenthood in New Jersey: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Ban abortions after 20 weeks, with exceptions: Opposes topic 1
1996: partial birth procedure is reprehensible: Opposes topic 1
1994: Donated to Planned Parenthood; opposed public donation: Favors topic 1
I'm pro-life with exceptions; take it or leave it: Opposes topic 1
Life is precious and should be protected: Strongly Opposes topic 1
"Default pro-choice" until hearing 13-week fetal heartbeat: Opposes topic 1
Pro-life; the life of every human being is precious: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Black Lives Matter encourages cop killing: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Vetoed closure of Developmental Disabilities Centers: Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Churches can use sexual orientation; businesses can't: Favors topic 3
Disagree with Supreme Court, but gay marriage is law of land: Favors topic 3
Gay marriage is settled in NJ, but keep debating nationally: Opposes topic 3
If my kids were gay, I'd give them a hug; but no marriage: Neutral on topic 3
No legislating gay marriage; but referendum ok: Favors topic 3
Homosexuality is not a sin; people are born that way: Favors topic 3
Marriage is an institution between one man & one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Pursue civil unions in NJ, but not same-sex marriage: Favors topic 3
Homosexuals are born that way; they're not sinners: Strongly Favors topic 3
Marriage exclusively between one man and one woman: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
No federal department to promote Judeo-Christian values: Opposes topic 4
1996: Working poor hurt by limits on childcare subsidies: Opposes topic 4
Catholicism informs who I am; but not my political decisions: Opposes topic 4
Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-3 points on Economic scale)
No single-payer system; no healthcare nationalization: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Hold down Medicaid costs while providing focused choice: Favors topic 5
Expand Medicare, but no N.J. ObamaCare exchange: Favors topic 5
Allow insurers to sell "mandate-free" policies: Opposes topic 5
$159M for community health centers for the most vulnerable: Favors topic 5
3.2% funding increase for National Institutes of Health: Strongly Favors topic 5
Loosen "one-size-fits-all" approach to Medicaid: Opposes topic 5
Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Cut benefits for people earning over $80,000: Favors topic 6
Save Social Security for those who need it: Opposes topic 6
Cut Social Security for wealthy, but don't increase taxes: Opposes topic 6
State pensions cut by $120B; but $90B still to go: Favors topic 6
Raise the retirement age, and limit COLA, for state workers: Favors topic 6
Close deficit in state retirement fund over next 7 years: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Further de-regulate charter schools: Favors topic 7
Children attend parochial school: Favors topic 7
Signed NJ onto Common Core but now regrets it: Favors topic 7
Supports both charter schools and vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Choice of schools to meet child's needs: Strongly Favors topic 7
Allow students in failing schools to attend better schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
1999: Lobbied for Edison Schools, for-profit school operator: Favors topic 7
Expand 73 charter schools to replace 200 failing schools: Favors topic 7
Public education system is failing; increase accountability: Favors topic 7
Teachers unions are not for education of our children: Favors topic 7
Tenure reform for failing teachers; merit pay for good ones: Favors topic 7
Dems believe in teacher's unions; we believe in teachers: Favors topic 7
Replace Abbott District funds with tenure reform & charters: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(-3 points on Social scale)
Keystone pipeline would have minimal environmental impact: Favors topic 8
Vetoes regulation of animal confinement for gestating sows: Favors topic 8
Rejected $9B transit project as "tunnel to Macy's basement": Favors topic 8
$157 million for Green Acres open-space acquisition: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
De-criminalizing drug use has reduced prisoner population: Opposes topic 9
Police officers are afraid to enforce the law: Strongly Favors topic 9
Community policing will avoid African-American police deaths: Neutral on topic 9
Bail reform: Keep dangerous criminals in jail until trial: Strongly Favors topic 9
1994: Pushed for faster construction of county jail: Favors topic 9
1995 juvenile justice plan: individualized to child's needs: Opposes topic 9
Bail reform package: jail violent offenders before trial: Strongly Favors topic 9
Disallow charging sexual assault victims for forensic exams: Favors topic 9
As US Attorney, won 130 corruption cases and lost none: Favors topic 9
Stand against child pornography and human trafficking: Favors topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Vetoed a statewide I.D. system for gun owners: Strongly Favors topic 10
Executive Orders on guns isn't democracy; it's dictatorship: Strongly Favors topic 10
Gun restrictions based on terror watchlists is a state issue: Favors topic 10
Gun laws ineffective; focus on mental health: Favors topic 10
Vetoed outright ban on Barrett .50 caliber rifle: Favors topic 10
We already have too many firearms in our community: Strongly Opposes topic 10
2009: No right-to-carry cross-state reciprocity: Opposes topic 10
Favors gun control measures from law-enforcement perspective: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Abolish the estate tax to incentivize people to stay in NJ: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Get rid of deductions except charitable & mortgage deduction: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Get rid of all deductions; get government off our backs: Strongly Opposes topic 11
I vetoed more tax increases than any governor in history: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Simplify tax code to three brackets, with highest at 28%: Opposes topic 11
$2.3 billion small business tax relief package: Strongly Opposes topic 11
I will veto any income tax increases that come before me: Strongly Opposes topic 11
2012: Across-the-board tax cut; 2013: exclude over $400K: Opposes topic 11
2009: Single tax rate would raise taxes for low earners: Strongly Favors topic 11
OpEd: Vetoed "Millionaire's Tax" on wealthiest New Jerseyans: Strongly Opposes topic 11
We can and we must lower taxes: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Secure border with wall & electronics; but no mass deporting: Opposes topic 12
Use modern technology to track illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
E-verify instead of building a physical wall: Favors topic 12
Path to citizenship in context of fixing broken system: Favors topic 12
I've never been opposed to tuition equality for illegals: Favors topic 12
No opinion on topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(0 points on Economic scale)
Supports free trade, but distrusts Obama's TPP agreement: Opposes topic 13
Trade mission to Mexico doubles as foreign policy tour: Favors topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+2 points on Economic scale)
No Syrian refugees in US, not even infant orphans: Strongly Favors topic 14
I'll fly Air Force One over China's artificial islands: Strongly Favors topic 14
Push Russia out of Middle East; establish US dominance: Strongly Favors topic 14
Stop worrying about being loved; instead be respected: Favors topic 14
America should be clear to world about what we stand for: Favors topic 14
Remain vigilant but stay connected to rest of the world: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rebuild our military so tinpot dictators can't dictate to us: Strongly Favors topic 15
Modernize to have 350 ships and 2,600 aircraft: Strongly Favors topic 15
New isolationism, & reducing anti-terrorism, is dangerous: Favors topic 15
Second American Century: strong military & sure values: Strongly Favors topic 15
Strengthen support network for military families: Favors topic 15
Fund Veteran to Veteran Peer Support Program: Strongly Favors topic 15
We ARE the leader in Libya; we MUST be the world's police: Favors topic 15
Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(+2 points on Social scale)
Automatic voter registration is government-knows-best: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Vetoes expanded early-voting system; no side-by-side systems: Opposes topic 16
Stricter limits on PAC campaign donations: Strongly Favors topic 16
Prosecuted politicians & their cronies, including jail time: Favors topic 16
Allow just one public salary for state legislators: Favors topic 16
More control over state commissions: Favors topic 16
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
No relations with Cuba until they stop harboring fugitives: Opposes topic 17
We need anytime/anywhere inspections for Iran nukes: Opposes topic 17
Syria: If we draw a red line, we must finish the job: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Iranian nukes are profoundly against our national security: Opposes topic 17
I'm not a nation-building guy; we've achieved Afghan goals: Favors topic 17
Don't pull troops out of Afghanistan until military says so: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
New Jersey used private market to create solar industry: Favors topic 18
Get nuclear power plants back on the table: Opposes topic 18
Ethanol in gasoline is the law; and that's just the minimum: Favors topic 18
Consider windmills off NJ coast: Strongly Favors topic 18
Pulled out of ten-state Regional Greenhouse Gas program: Opposes topic 18
Jersey shore for tourism instead of offshore drilling: Favors topic 18
$100 supplement for seniors' home cooling assistance: Favors topic 18
The future for New Jersey is in green energy: Strongly Favors topic 18
Incentivize energy manufacturing & wind turbines: Strongly Favors topic 18
Make NJ a magnet for renewable energy manufacturer: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(+2 points on Social scale)
Addiction is an illness and should be treated as such: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Search for innovative ways to address drug epidemic: Opposes topic 19
Allow private sector to offer drug treatment programs: Opposes topic 19
Treatment, not jail, for drug addicts; it's a disease: Opposes topic 19
I support medical not recreational marijuana: Opposes topic 19
Mandatory drug treatment, not jail, for first time dealers: Opposes topic 19
Drug addiction is a disease & it can be treated: Opposes topic 19
Drug courts: mandate treatment, not imprisonment: Opposes topic 19
1995: Applied 25% of county salary to drug addict residence: Opposes topic 19
Drug treatment rather than non-violent offenders in prison: Opposes topic 19
Outlaw designer drugs labeled as "bath salts": Strongly Favors topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Cut taxes and reduce spending, while creating new jobs: Opposes topic 20
Don't raise minimum wage; create better-paying jobs instead: Strongly Opposes topic 20
2011: 2% cap on most cities' municipal spending: Opposes topic 20
Cut business taxes by $600 million annually: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Reduce all income tax brackets by 10% and restore EITC: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Erased $11B in budget deficit via spending cuts: Opposes topic 20
NJ has highest state tax burden & it's getting worse: Strongly Opposes topic 20

Chris Christie is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative.
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