One of the most common questions people ask is, “How did my legislator vote?”
I am pleased to share this report card for the 2018-2019 New Jersey state legislature. Here is a snapshot of how your representatives in the Assembly and the Senate voted on key social and moral legislation related to life, education, family, marijuana, marriage, and other issues.
Guided by our mission of building a state where God is honored, religious liberty flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished, this report card shows the votes of your lawmakers on seven central bills heard and voted upon in the 2018-2019 Legislative Session. A bill is passed by a simple majority in the Senate (21 votes needed out of 40 senators) and the Assembly (41 votes needed out of 80 assembly members.)
Lawmakers earned letter grades ranging from A to F based on how they voted on these seven top bills. This report card is not an endorsement of any candidate or political party. It does not measure any lawmakers’ integrity, commitment to their faith, work ethic, or rapport with Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey®. It does, however, accurately report how your representatives voted on seven bills that harm or protect your family values.
The bills scored include:
- LGBT Curriculum Mandate in All Public Schools
- Contraception Coverage – Religious Exemption Removal
- Planned Parenthood Funding Increase
- “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act” – Physician Assisted Suicide
- Palliative and Hospice Care Act
- Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Ballot Initiative
- Safe Haven Information Act
A printed version of this informative scorecard will be sent to 1500 pastors across New Jersey who are part of our network. In addition, each legislator will receive the scorecard for their own purposes. Please pray for the 219th legislative session that started on Jan. 14th.
The best is yet to come!
Director of Advocacy
Director of Alliances, Family Policy Alliance
Founder & Past President, New Jersey Family Policy Council
Paid for by Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, 1977 N. Olden Avenue, Suite 241, Trenton, New Jersey, 08618. This expenditure was not made with the cooperation or prior consent of, or in consultation with, or at the request or suggestion of, any candidate, or person or committee acting on behalf of the candidate.
I am pleased to share with you the Family Policy Alliance of Kansas scorecard for the 2017-2018 legislative session.
Recently, my friend, a former legislator, told me a story about the time when his officemate, a pro-abortion Republican, was supposed to meet with a group of pro-life constituents. The officemate was held up for a few minutes, so my friend chatted with the group about a piece of pro-life legislation he was sponsoring. When the pro-abortion Republican showed up, the group excitedly shared with him how grateful they were for his support of the pro-life bill.
They had no idea their representative was anti-life. He was a Republican from a conservative area, so they assumed he shared their values.
This is all too common. Ultimately, the best way to know if your representative is committed to defending your values is not their words, campaign literature, or party affiliation, it’s their votes.
That’s why we created the scorecard.
We included just five crucial votes on legislation directly related to life, family, and religious freedom. There’s no ambiguity here. No confusing legislative maneuvers. No “gotcha” votes. We aren’t putting members in a tough spot by asking them to weigh the good aspects of legislation over the bad.
Truthfully, these were easy votes. Declaring pornography a public health hazard? Ensuring women know if their doctor has been disciplined by an oversight board? Affirming the right of parents to make health care decisions for their minor children? Defending faith-based adoption agencies?
You are either for life, family, and religious freedom or you aren’t.
Will you share this information with your friends and family members? Post it in Facebook. Do your family and friends a favor by helping them know what’s what.
President and Executive Director
p.s. Don’t forget to vote on August 7!
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