Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates|
| Crippled America,|
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
by Cory Booker (2016)
| The Truths We Hold,|
by Kamala Harris (2019)
| Smart on Crime,|
by Kamala Harris (2010)
| Guide to Political Revolution,|
by Bernie Sanders (2017)
| Where We Go From Here,|
by Bernie Sanders (2018)
| Promise Me, Dad ,|
by Joe Biden (2017)
|Conscience of a Conservative,|
by Jeff Flake (2017)
| Two Paths,|
by Gov. John Kasich (2017)
|Every Other Monday,|
by Rep. John Kasich (2010)
|Courage is Contagious,|
by John Kasich (1998)
| Shortest Way Home,|
by Pete Buttigieg (2019)
| The Book of Joe ,|
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
| Our Revolution,|
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
| This Fight Is Our Fight,|
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
| Higher Loyalty,|
by James Comey (2018)
| The Making of Donald Trump,|
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Books by and about the 2016 presidential election|
| What Happened ,|
by Hillary Clinton (2017)
| Higher Loyalty ,|
by James Comey (2018)
| Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,|
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
| Hard Choices,|
by Hillary Clinton (2014)
| Becoming ,|
by Michelle Obama (2018)
| Outsider in the White House,|
by Bernie Sanders (2015)
(click a book cover for a review or other books by or about the presidency from Amazon.com)
| OnTheIssues.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Phil Murphy: Support funding for Planned Parenthood.
Tom MacArthur: Choose life, including his own special needs baby.
Jeff Bell: Science demonstrates that the unborn are human.
Jeff Bell: Ban abortion after 20 weeks, or for sex selection.
Cory Booker: OpEd: In mainstream of NJ, supporting abortion rights.
Steve Lonegan: Opposes abortion rights.
Barbara Buono: Promote potentially life-saving stem cell research.
Joe Kyrillos: Pro-life in my affairs; pro-choice for society.
Robert Menendez: I'm pro-choice, not multiple-choice.
Joe Kyrillos: Supports parental notifications and waiting periods.
Dick Zimmer: Supports abortion rights.
Murray Sabrin: Evolved from pro-choice & anti-partial birth to pro-life.
Joe Pennacchio: Abortion only for rape, incest, or maternal life.
John Wisniewski: Abortions should always be legal.
Robert Menendez: Judicial nominees must uphold Roe v. Wade.
Robert Menendez: Kean voted against stem-cell research six times; I didnít.
Thomas Kean Jr.: No litmus test for judicial nominees.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Menendez distorts my pro-stem-cell stance.
Robert Menendez: I support stem cell research 100%.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Opposed Bushís veto of federal stem cell legislation.
Budget & Economy|
Tom MacArthur: Fight for a balanced budget amendment.
Jeff Bell: Market-led recovery instead of stimulus.
Steve Lonegan: Opposes Hurricane Sandy funding; funding needs more scrutiny.
Barbara Buono: My budget work speaks for itself, including $11B deficit.
Joe Kyrillos: Opposes Jon Corzine economic strategy.
Robert Menendez: Opposes Romney-Ryan budget plan.
Joe Kyrillos: Wrong policy: Higher taxes, more spending, more debt.
Murray Sabrin: Supports balanced budget and less spending.
Murray Sabrin: Federal Reserve: unelected bureaucrats harming our economy.
Ray Lesniak: Evolved from supporter of LGBT rights to an advocate.
Phil Murphy: Equal pay for equal work by gender.
Phil Murphy: Expand anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals.
Steve Fulop: Hung rainbow flag on City Hall when gay marriage legalized.
Tom MacArthur: Marriage between man and woman, but leave it to states.
Jeff Bell: I do not support affirmative action.
Jeff Bell: Government should uphold one-man-one-woman marriage.
Barbara Buono: Daughter is gay; supports same-sex marriage.
Chris Christie: If my kids were gay, I'd give them a hug; but no marriage.
Cory Booker: Supports gay marriage: We are all equal under the law.
Cory Booker: African-Americans & gays should both be equal under the law.
Steve Lonegan: Same-sex marriage should be decided by voting, not judges.
Barbara Buono: Push legislature to legalize gay marriage.
Chris Christie: Supreme Court accepting gay marriage was "a bad decision".
Joe Kyrillos: Evolved from opposing civil unions to support over marriage.
Robert Menendez: Evolved from supporting DOMA to supporting same-sex marriage.
Dick Zimmer: Supports Patriot Act as appropriate response.
Joe Pennacchio: DOMA instead of same-sex marriage.
Joe Pennacchio: No general affirmative action in state decisions.
John Wisniewski: No affirmative action in state hiring.
Robert Menendez: Support affirmative action in all government contracts.
Robert Menendez: Supports Amendment banning flag-burning, a uniting symbol.
Robert Menendez: Supports 1-man-1-woman marriage, but donít take away rights.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Support merit-based initiatives, not affirmative action.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Supports Amendment banning flag-burning, a sacred symbol.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Supports 1-man-1-woman marriage, but no Amendment.
Jim McGreevey: Consider race and sex in making state contract decisions.
Murray Sabrin: Call for personal and business tax cuts.
Chris Christie: Continue small business tax relief: no return to tax-&-spend.
Joe Kyrillos: Small business tax affects a lot of small business owners.
Ray Lesniak: Hundreds wrongfully convicted have likely been executed.
Phil Murphy: For-profit prison industry targets communities of color.
Chris Christie: Ban the box: don't ask job applicants about criminal record.
Steve Fulop: Citizen complaints against police--and crime--are way down.
Jeff Bell: Stricter punishment reduces crime.
Chris Christie: Bail reform: Keep dangerous criminals in jail until trial.
Chris Christie: Bail reform package: jail violent offenders before trial.
Cory Booker: Launch Fatherhood Center and pro-bono legal help for ex-cons.
Cory Booker: Police overhaul to change cronyism, favoritism, and cynicism.
Cory Booker: Applied "broken windows theory" in Newark policing.
Joe Pennacchio: Supports the death penalty.
Joe Pennacchio: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
John Wisniewski: End parole for repeat violent offenders.
Jim McGreevey: Expand the death penalty & life sentences.
Jim McGreevey: Prosecute juveniles as adults; death penalty for 16-yr-olds.
Ray Lesniak: Drug courts make our community safer, and save money.
Phil Murphy: Addiction is an illness, & treatable with right resources.
Chris Christie: Jailing & stigmatizing addiction victims won't help.
Tom MacArthur: Treatment instead of prison for non-violent offenders.
Jeff Bell: Decriminalizing pot will only produce more pot users.
Chris Christie: Drug courts: mandate treatment, not imprisonment.
Chris Christie: Drug treatment rather than non-violent offenders in prison.
Joe Kyrillos: Keep medical marijuana restricted.
Cory Booker: Never attracted to drink and drugs, even as teenager.
Joe Pennacchio: Strengthen penalties for meth & other drug offenses.
Robert Menendez: Review current marijuana laws for cases of incurable disease.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Opposes marijuana legalization; prosecute drug crimes fully.
Jim McGreevey: Strengthen penalties for drug-related crimes.
Ray Lesniak: Invest in education, for the future of our society.
Phil Murphy: High stakes, high stress standardized tests must end.
Phil Murphy: Our public schools are part of what makes this state great.
Phil Murphy: Can't get economy right without getting higher ed right.
Steve Fulop: Returned city public school system from state control.
Tom MacArthur: Tenure reform & charter schools; but public schools too.
Jeff Bell: Expand school choice via Education Savings Accounts.
Jeff Bell: I support prayer in schools.
Cory Booker: Supports school voucher proposal, like other Democrats.
Rush Holt: Investments in higher education keep American Dream alive.
Barbara Buono: Provide equitable K-12 funding across New Jersey.
Chris Christie: Combine $8.9B in more funding with needed reform.
Chris Christie: Replace Abbott District funds with tenure reform & charters.
Chris Christie: Expand 73 charter schools to replace 200 failing schools.
Cory Booker: $120 million for "Teachers Village" where educators live.
Chris Christie: Build up colleges to support business, & avoid "brain drain".
Chris Daggett: Names educator, Prof. Frank Esposito, as running-mate.
Murray Sabrin: Federal tax credits to enroll children in successful school.
Robert Menendez: Democrats pushed college tuition tax deductions.
Robert Menendez: Reducing duplication is no solution for education problems.
Robert Menendez: Educational Savings Accounts are only for the wealthy.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Focus on reducing fraud and duplication in Pell Grants.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Supports Educational Savings Accounts for college.
Energy & Oil|
Phil Murphy: Rejoin Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
Tom MacArthur: Support Keystone XL & expanded domestic drilling.
Jeff Bell: End $24 billion in green energy subsidies.
Cory Booker: Has never taken a public position on a carbon tax.
Barbara Buono: Invest in our solar and renewable energy industries.
Joe Pennacchio: Increase production of traditional domestic energy sources.
Robert Menendez: Past due time to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Reservations about Kyoto Protocol, but supports it locally.
Ray Lesniak: Champion animal rights for both pets & wild animals.
Phil Murphy: Protect Jersey Shore from oil & Pinelands' open space.
Steve Fulop: Take the fight to the polluters: they pay FULL cleanup cost.
Tom MacArthur: Federal funds for Sandy Recovery, not more flood insurance.
Tom MacArthur: Fund estuary preservation for water & recreation.
Jeff Bell: Supports human needs over animal rights.
Steve Lonegan: OpEd: wants to gut environmental regulations.
Barbara Buono: Stop pollution waivers: they dirty our air and water.
Chris Christie: New Jersey is being short-changed on Hurricane Sandy relief.
Cory Booker: Vegetarian because of environmental impact of eating meat.
Frank Pallone: Relax restrictions on over-fishing to help fishermen.
John Wisniewski: State cleanup of contaminated industrial sites.
Robert Menendez: Supports the Polluter Pays Principle.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Supported Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act.
Families & Children|
Phil Murphy: Guarantee earned sick leave statewide.
Steve Lonegan: Marriage is the greatest institution; no kids for gays.
Barbara Buono: Passed historic family leave legislation.
Tom MacArthur: Focus on alliance with Israel and peace through strength.
Jeff Bell: Maintain US sovereignty from UN.
Murray Sabrin: A common sense, humble, noninterventionist foreign policy.
Robert Menendez: International sanctions against nuclear program in Iran.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Be steadfast against nuclear proliferation in Iran.
Tom MacArthur: Free market policies based on private sector experience.
Jeff Bell: Support & expand free trade.
Cory Booker: China is engaging in unfair trade practices.
Phil Murphy: Automatic voter registration, online, and same-day.
Jeff Bell: Higher campaign contributions will help non-incumbents.
Murray Sabrin: Government that governs least governs best.
Chris Christie: Consolidate duplicative town governments into single towns.
Barbara Buono: Making voting more difficult does not win elections.
Chris Christie: Vetoes expanded early-voting system; no side-by-side systems.
Joe Kyrillos: Cut spending, taxes and job-killing regulations.
Chris Christie: 10-point plan to punish criminal officeholders.
Jon Corzine: Crack down on "pay-to-play".
Joe Pennacchio: Limit all types of contributions, but not spending.
Robert Menendez: Keep the Senate filibuster rules, to encourage debate.
Robert Menendez: Allow dual-office holding for politicians, if voters choose.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Keep the Senate filibuster rules, to encourage negotiation.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Disallow dual-office holding for politicians.
Ray Lesniak: Ban 50-caliber bullets & assault weapons.
Phil Murphy: Gun violence epidemic is a public health crisis.
Tom MacArthur: Defend right of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.
Jeff Bell: Gun violence rooted in social breakdown, not gun ownership.
Barbara Buono: Criticizes pressure from gun rights advocates.
Chris Christie: Vetoed outright ban on Barrett .50 caliber rifle.
Barbara Buono: Restrict military grade and high capacity magazines.
Robert Menendez: Additional controls on handguns and rifles.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Uphold our current firearm laws.
Phil Murphy: Fight for-profit right-wing agenda to gut ObamaCare.
Tom MacArthur: Repeal ObamaCare, then fix insurance industry & tort reform.
Jeff Bell: Replace ObamaCare with tax credits & special coverage.
Cory Booker: ObamaCare needs to be improved, but is helping people now.
Steve Lonegan: ObamaCare is an absolute train wreck.
Cory Booker: Control healthcare cost; no comment on single-payer.
Rush Holt: Supports universal single payer system, like VA system.
Steve Lonegan: Repeal ObamaCare; no middle ground on defending liberty.
Barbara Buono: Expand health care for low-income New Jerseyans.
Barbara Buono: NJ has lost half our pharmaceutical jobs.
Barbara Buono: Keep collective bargaining for health benefits.
Joe Pennacchio: Guaranteed medical care is not a government responsibility.
Robert Menendez: Additional taxes on wealthiest 1%, for medical coverage.
Thomas Kean Jr.: No additional taxes for medical coverage.
Robert Menendez: Shift from disease-based to prevention-based system.
Robert Menendez: Donít force choice of filling prescriptions or refrigerator.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Address Medicaid by cost containment & reducing fraud.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Medicare needs bipartisan independent reforms.
Phil Murphy: Focus Veterans agency on mental health & employment support.
Steve Fulop: Signed up for Marine Corps after Sept. 11.
Steve Fulop: End veteran homelessness.
Tom MacArthur: Opposes Obama's deep cuts to military spending.
Tom MacArthur: NSA should not be spying on American citizens.
Jeff Bell: Expand the military.
Murray Sabrin: Defend against massive surveillance of emails & phone calls.
Steve Lonegan: No NSA wiretapping; stop gathering data on Americans.
Chris Christie: Fund Veteran to Veteran Peer Support Program.
Robert Menendez: Combat terrorism within court oversight to protect rights.
Robert Menendez: Punish terrorists within Geneva Convention.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Surveillance of personal data ok to win War on Terror.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Respect Geneva Conv. but be flexible in prosecuting terror.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Deploy missile defense system against North Korean threat.
Phil Murphy: Oppose efforts to use police to assist in mass deportations.
Tom MacArthur: Begin with secure borders; no amnesty nor benefits.
Jeff Bell: Support pathway to citizenship, plus guest workers.
Barbara Buono: Supports tuition equality for illegal immigrants.
Chris Christie: I've never been opposed to tuition equality for illegals.
Steve Lonegan: No on amnesty; tighter border security.
Murray Sabrin: Secure our borders from foreign terror & illegal immigration.
Murray Sabrin: The Sabrin Solution: Official English and no amnesty.
Robert Menendez: Enforcement-only means largest deportation in history.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Menendezí soft voting record on immigration is dangerous.
Ray Lesniak: Job creation by career fairs & keeping existing employers.
Phil Murphy: Raise minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Chris Christie: Zero means zero: fight abuse of sick leave & pension fraud.
Barbara Buono: Raise minimum wage & restore Earned Income Tax Credit.
Chris Christie: I inherited 119,000 private-sector jobs lost.
Barbara Buono: N.J. unemployment worse than US average & surrounding states.
Chris Christie: 75,000 new private sector jobs since taking office in 2010.
Joe Kyrillos: Supports state law for minimum wage, but no Amendment.
Robert Menendez: Supports minimum wage increase.
Chris Christie: Ok with either unionized state workers or civil service.
Chris Christie: BridgeGate: Mistakes were clearly made, but don't define us.
Principles & Values|
Steve Fulop: Youngest elected official on the Jersey City council.
Steve Fulop: Son of immigrants; grandson of Holocaust survivors.
Cory Booker: Money to cities is ok: we're one state with one destiny.
Joe Kyrillos: If you think things are just fine, choose my opponent.
Joe Kyrillos: Introduced to his wife by Gov. Christie.
Robert Menendez: Elected mayor of Union City at 32.
Chris Christie: The New Jersey Comeback: stop blaming; start building.
Dick Zimmer: Lautenberg is too old to serve another six-year term.
Frank Lautenberg: Age has nothing to do with whether or not you are effective.
Phil Murphy: Divest NJ pension fund from private equity.
Steve Fulop: Keep our promises: made city pension system more secure.
Tom MacArthur: Protect our promise, but strengthen program for future.
Jeff Bell: No means testing or other confiscatory schemes.
Jeff Bell: Cut payroll tax rate to reduce baby boom deficit.
Chris Christie: Pension reform: raise retirement age, suspend COLAs.
Chris Christie: Raise the retirement age, and limit COLA, for state workers.
Robert Menendez: Opposes privatization and fought Bushís privatization scheme.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Opposes both privatization and raising seniorsí taxes.
Robert Menendez: Against privatization; but says Kean has voted for it.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Against privatization; but says Menendez has supported it.
Phil Murphy: Wealthiest 1% pay far lower share of taxes.
Chris Christie: Put the death tax on life support.
Tom MacArthur: Kept taxes low as Mayor; do same federally.
Jeff Bell: America's tax system is outrageously complicated.
Chris Christie: Cap property tax and interest arbitration awards.
Chris Christie: 2012: Across-the-board tax cut; 2013: exclude over $400K.
Robert Menendez: We cannot simultaneously cut the deficit and cut taxes.
Chris Christie: Reduce all income tax brackets by 10% and restore EITC.
Chris Christie: Keep property tax rebate program.
Dick Zimmer: N.J. receives back only 61 cents on every federal tax dollar.
Murray Sabrin: Eliminate AMT, death tax, and tax on tips.
Robert Menendez: Repealing the estate Tax only benefits the wealthiest 1%.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Repeal the unfair Death Tax & the Marriage Penalty Tax.
Phil Murphy: Invest to restore NJ's place as leader in innovation economy.
Rush Holt: Research physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Lab until '98.
Barbara Buono: Take federal $3B to build ARC tunnel from NJ to NYC.
Robert Menendez: Helped promote NJ biotechnology and solar industries.
War & Peace|
Tom MacArthur: Learn from mistakes of both Bush and Obama: no endless wars.
Jeff Bell: Make sure Iran does not develop a nuclear weapons program.
Cory Booker: Direct military intervention in Syria only as last resort.
Murray Sabrin: No involvement in Iraq's civil war.
Murray Sabrin: War in Iraq is disastrous interventionist foreign policy.
Robert Menendez: Iraq is a war of choice; based on misleading & false threats.
Robert Menendez: Biggest mistake in Iraq was going there in the first place.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Weíve made mistakes in Iraq, but must complete our objective.
Thomas Kean Jr.: Canít cut-and-run in Iraq; thatís a declaration of defeat.
Welfare & Poverty|
Steve Fulop: Four times as much affordable housing in his administration.
Chris Christie: Gut COAH, the Council on Affordable Housing.
Joe Pennacchio: Redirect welfare to faith-based organizations.
Jim McGreevey: Require unwed mothers to live at home to receive welfare.
Jim McGreevey: Require work to receive welfare.