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Books by and about 2020 presidential candidates
Crippled America,
by Donald J. Trump (2015)
Fire and Fury,
by Michael Wolff (2018)
Trump Revealed,
by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher (2016)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2016)
Promise Me, Dad ,
by Joe Biden (2017)
The Book of Joe ,
by Jeff Wilser (2019; biography of Joe Biden)
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)
Our Revolution,
by Bernie Sanders (2016)
This Fight Is Our Fight,
by Elizabeth Warren (2017)
by Cory Booker (2016)
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)
by Michelle Obama (2018)
Higher Loyalty,
by James Comey (2018)
The Making of Donald Trump,
by David Cay Johnston (2017)
Higher Loyalty ,
by James Comey (2018)
Trump vs. Hillary On The Issues ,
by Jesse Gordon (2016)
Outsider in the White House,
by Bernie Sanders (2015)

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State of New Jersey Politicians: Archives

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  • Barbara Buono (18) New Jersey Democratic Challenger
  • Chris Christie (34) New Jersey N.J. Governor; Republican Presidential candidate
  • Chris Daggett (1) New Jersey Independent Challenger (2009)
  • Cory Booker (16) New Jersey Mayor of Newark; N.J. Senator
  • Dick Zimmer (4) Republican Senate challenger New Jersey
  • Frank Lautenberg (1) Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) New Jersey
  • Frank Pallone (1) Democratic Challenger New Jersey
  • Jeff Bell (22) Republican Senate challenger New Jersey
  • Jim McGreevey (6) Former Democratic Governor (2002-2004)
  • Joe Kyrillos (11) Republican Challenger New Jersey
  • Joe Pennacchio (10) Republican challenger (2008) New Jersey
  • John Wisniewski (4) New Jersey Democrat
  • Jon Corzine (1) New Jersey Former Democrat (until 2009)
  • Murray Sabrin (13) Republican Senate Challenger New Jersey
  • Phil Murphy (20) New Jersey Democratic 2021 Gubernatorial contender
  • Ray Lesniak (7) New Jersey Democratic 2017 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Robert Menendez (34) Democratic Jr Senator; previously Representative New Jersey
  • Rush Holt (3) Democratic challenger; U.S. Rep. New Jersey
  • Steve Fulop (10) New Jersey Democratic 2017 Gubernatorial candidate
  • Steve Lonegan (9) Republican Senate Challenger New Jersey
  • Thomas Kean Jr. (27) Former Republican challenger (2006) New Jersey
  • Tom MacArthur (18) Republican House Member U.S. Rep New Jersey- 3
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    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.
Civil Rights
    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.
Foreign Policy
    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.
Free Trade
    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.
Government Reform
    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.
Gun Control
    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.
Health Care
    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.
Homeland Security
    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.
Local Issues
    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.
Social Security
    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.
Tax Reform
    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.

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