SHAWN ON THE ISSUES
Our nation is under constant threat. Whether it be from global powers like China, Russia, Iran, or terrorist networks abroad. It’s become all too clear the decisions made by the Biden administration will leave America less safe and our military less prepared. I will always support a strong national defense along ensuring those that serve our country with honor are given the support they deserve.
For nearly a century our country has experienced the greatest economic prosperity in human history because of our free market capitalist system. However, we are on the brink of losing it. Dangerous socialist policies being pushed by fringe Democratic members of Congress are putting our economic wellbeing at major risk. We must be determined to preserve the economic freedoms we’ve enjoyed for the generations of Americans to come.
We’re now seeing levels of crime across this country that haven’t been seen in over 30 years because of the defund the police movement. Tragically, human lives are being lost in this self-inflicted crime surge at the hands of the far left. There is no more important role of government than ensuring American families are safe and out of harm's way. I will always support our nation’s law enforcement to make sure they have the tools needed to protect and serve without hesitancy. We must also work to reform our justice system and build trusted relationships through
community policing and deescalation training.
Too often, we’ve watched our classrooms become weapons of the left used to indoctrinate the next generation of Americans. Instead of being taught how to excel as adults, some children are being conditioned with dangerous and divisive cultural Marxist ideas to cause social conflict. Students should have a fuller understanding of history, without imposing radical racial and gender ideologies in the classroom at the hands of powerful education unions.
We must fight to ensure politics are kept out of the classrooms and that New Jersey’s next generation has the tools they need to succeed.
We are a nation of immigrants, and we should always be willing to accept those seeking liberty into our country. But what we are seeing at the southern border is unacceptable lawlessness where drug cartels and human traffickers take advantage of our broken immigration system. A nation is only as safe as it is secure. That starts with making sure our Border Patrol and border communities have the resources they need to secure illegal entry points. An open border policy produces unnecessary human suffering caused by illegal immigration. We must deal sensibly with hard working individuals in this country and work to keep families intact while preserving our laws of citizenship.
I believe every child has the right to live. Our inalienable Constitutional rights aren’t granted to us by the doctor in the delivery room, or magically taken on once they print our birth certificate. They are inherent from our humanity offered to us by our Creator. I will never cease in the fight to ensure the rights of the preborn are protected and that every American is afforded their opportunity to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I strongly support religious freedom and will work to stop those on the far left who try to criminalize people of faith for practicing their religious beliefs.
In 2020, election rules were hastily changed under the appearance of public health. It was the most unorthodox and unconventional election in the history of democracy. The result, more Americans have less trust in how our elections are conducted than ever before. Our democratic institutions cannot survive unless Americans trust that our elections are conducted legally. As a nation seeking to live under a more perfect union, we must ensure accountability and honesty in every election.
I support legislation that guarantees every American is afforded their constitutional right to vote and vote once. It should be easy to vote, and hard to cheat. We must not allow Congressional Democrats to nationalize election laws thereby seizing power away from the States granted to them in the Constitution. This unprecedented federal power grab will further undermine trust in our institutions. Unaccountable bureaucrats in Washington can not overrule elected representatives in statehouses across America.
The far left consistently seeks to strip Americans of their rights - even the right to defend themselves and their loved ones. For over a decade, many Democrat leaders have promised that they would take away our right to bear arms if given the opportunity.
I support responsible gun ownership by law abiding citizens. There are common sense restrictions and controls already in place such as background checks and waiting periods. Targeting the rights of law-abiding legal gun owners does not address the causes of mental health or street crime that makes our cities and suburbs less safe.