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Stephen Deluca

Other , New Jersey


Stephen Deluca
U.S. Rep., Dist. 8

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1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and is the key to national prosperity.

Strongly Agree

2. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Strongly Agree

3. It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.

Strongly Agree

4. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

5. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Strongly Agree

6. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

7. The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.

Strongly Agree

8. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.

Strongly Agree

9. U.S. disarmament entailed in President Obama’s defense budget cuts will endanger our national security.

Strongly Agree

10. Pure democracy is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Agree

11. Who has the primary responsibility to be sure children are properly educated?

Parents and Local School Boards

12. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

When mother's and child's life are at risk.

13. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.

God, Voters, Constitution, Congress, Supreme Court.

14. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?

Natural Law and faith in God. A belief that power should not be held in the hands of a few or the one, but that political power derives from the consent of the governed, and there should be limited express powers of the federal government.

15. Please list your educational, military and vocational history, and any church and civic leadership positions held, and political positions held or sought.

B.A., 1985, University of Rochester (Navy ROTC Scholarship); J.D., 1992, Pace University School of Law; LL.M. (with Distinction), 1997, S.J.D., 2003, Tulane University School of Law. LT(jg), United Stats Navy, 1985-87. Judicial Law Clerk for a United States Judge for the Court of International Trade, New York, NY, 1992-94. General Attorney (International), Office of the Chief Counsel for Import Administration, United States Department of Commerce, Washington, DC, 2000-2001. Lector, Eucharistic Minister, RCIA Director, Pro-Life Chair, and Parish Representative to the Catholic Men's Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark. Member of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of New York and the Catholic Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Co-Founded NYC Lawyers Against Human Trafficking. Christian Conciliator trained under the auspices of the Institute for Christian Conciliation, a division of Peacemaker Ministries. Ran for County Executive of Hudson County in 2011 and lost.

16. What charitable, educational, religious, or political organizations have you been affiliated with as a member, contributor, or volunteer?

I have been a member of the Catholic Church all of my life and served in many capacities as spelled out above. I served on John McCain's legal team in Tampa in 2008 and Chris Christie's legal team in 2009, and as lead counsel for the Hudson County Republican Party and represented the party before the Chief Justice of New Jersey to preserve the constitutional right to equal representation in the redistricting of freeholder districts following the 2010 decennial census. I have volunteered with various coalitions against human trafficking and sexual abuse and exploitation.

17. Please list the six (6) most important endorsements (groups or individuals) of your current candidacy.

There are many members of political organizations who support me but cannot openly endorse me because I'm running as an independent. I'm hoping to get endorsements from organizations such as Catholic Vote, NJ Right to Life, Concerned Women for America, NJ Tea Party, and the League of Women Voters.


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