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Chris Christie on Abortion
Click here for 11 full quotes on Abortion OR other candidates on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • 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 4 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • 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 8 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • 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)
  • 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 6 full quotes on Corporations OR other candidates on Corporations OR background on Corporations.
  • 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 8 full quotes on Crime OR other candidates on Crime OR background on Crime.
  • 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)
  • 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 5 full quotes on Drugs OR other candidates on Drugs OR background on Drugs.
  • 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 22 full quotes on Education OR other candidates on Education OR background on Education.
  • Combine $8.9B in more funding with needed reform. (Jan 2013)
  • Take on the teachers unions for real tenure reform. (Aug 2012)
  • Dems believe in teacher's unions; we believe in teachers. (Aug 2012)
  • Allow students in failing schools to attend better schools. (Jun 2012)
  • 1984: As student, made speech to Delaware state Senate. (Jun 2012)
  • Wife and children attended parochial schools. (Jun 2012)
  • 1999: Lobbied for Edison Schools, for-profit school operator. (Jun 2012)
  • Vote down school budgets unless teachers freeze pay. (Jun 2012)
  • Replace Abbott District funds with tenure reform & charters. (Jan 2012)
  • Most great teachers want accountability. (Jun 2011)
  • Criticizes NJEA leadership as well as state's teachers. (Feb 2011)
  • Tried to cut school superintendent salaries by edict. (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)
  • Let school leaders get certified by alternate routes. (Feb 2011)
  • OpEd: NJ schools best in US; only urban districts struggling. (Feb 2011)
  • OpEd: Portrays tenure as lifetime guarantee, but it's not. (Feb 2011)
  • OpEd: Ignores that parents educate kids more than teachers. (Feb 2011)
  • Expand 73 charter schools to replace 200 failing schools. (Jan 2011)
  • Build up colleges to support business, & avoid "brain drain". (Jul 2009)
  • Public education system is failing; increase accountability. (Jul 2009)
Chris Christie on Energy & Oil
Click here for 6 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR other candidates on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • 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 5 full quotes on Environment OR other candidates on Environment OR background on Environment.
  • 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 3 full quotes on Foreign Policy OR other candidates on Foreign Policy OR background on Foreign Policy.
  • 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
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  • Jersey to Jerusalem Trade Mission: led delegation to Israel. (Mar 2012)
Chris Christie on Government Reform
Click here for 13 full quotes on Government Reform OR other candidates on Government Reform OR background on Government Reform.
  • 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)
  • 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 5 full quotes on Gun Control OR other candidates on Gun Control OR background on Gun Control.
  • 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 8 full quotes on Health Care OR other candidates on Health Care OR background on Health Care.
  • 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 8 full quotes on Homeland Security OR other candidates on Homeland Security OR background on Homeland Security.
  • 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 3 full quotes on Immigration OR other candidates on Immigration OR background on Immigration.
  • 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 7 full quotes on Jobs OR other candidates on Jobs OR background on Jobs.
  • 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 10 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • 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)
  • 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 3 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • 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)
Chris Christie on Tax Reform
Click here for 9 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • 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 4 full quotes on Technology OR other candidates on Technology OR background on Technology.
  • 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 5 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • 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
Click here for 5 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • 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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Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-3 points on Social scale)
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
Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Vetoed closure of Developmental Disabilities Centers: Favors topic 2
No opinion on topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(0 points on Social scale)
If my kids were gay, I'd give them a hug; but no marriage: Neutral on 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)
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)
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)
Raise the retirement age, and limit COLA, for state workers: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Dems believe in teacher's unions; we believe in teachers: 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
Replace Abbott District funds with tenure reform & charters: Strongly 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
Children attend parochial school: Favors topic 7
Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
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)
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
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
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
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
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)
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)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-3 points on Economic scale)
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)
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:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
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:
Stay out of Iran
(-3 points on Social scale)
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
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
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:
Never legalize marijuana
(+2 points on Social scale)
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)
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

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