Candidate Profile
Rick Van Glahn

Republican , New Jersey


Rick Van Glahn
U.S. Rep., Dist. 11

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New Jersey Right to Life, New Jersey Tea Party Caucus/Team NJ

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NJ Right to Life, Team NJ


Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Agree

The U.S. military should wait for militant Islamic groups to directly threaten our national security on our shores, rather than eradicate them now wherever they may be worldwide.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

I support legislation such as the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) that would prohibit discrimination against individuals, organizations and small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.

Strongly Disagree

I oppose the resettlement of Syrian refugees into the U.S. without proper vetting.

Strongly Agree

Current regulations on domestic oil exploration and drilling are more restrictive than are necessary.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self-interest into the most productive economic system there is.

Strongly Agree

Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions until they are economically feasible.

Strongly Disagree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with public funds.

Strongly Agree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Strongly Agree

Planned Parenthood should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Marijuana should be legalized and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.

Strongly Disagree

Islamic law (Sharia) does not pose a threat to the United States and its Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

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, Constitution, Voters, Congress, Supreme Court, Industry, Academia, Media, Professional Sports

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

All life is precious, even when created under adverse or evil conditions. I cannot condone abortion as it is God who inspires life and only He should take it. In the cases of rape and incest, there can be good that comes of something tragic. The baby that is created due to these circumstances had no role to play in it's creation and should not be punished for how it came to be. There are always families willing to adopt a baby. I believe that they would not care about how the baby came to be, only that the baby is here and deserves the life with which it has been given.

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

The founders knew that power corrupts and so set up boundaries, limits and checks to ensure that the country they envisioned would be free of an oppressive, heavy handed government. This new government would be of and by and for the American people so that they could live in freedom and in a prosperity of their own making.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in the teachings of the Catholic Church. I follow the Catechism as set forth by Scripture, our tradition and the Magisterium of the Church. Though I believe in the teachings of the Church, I don't always believe in those who run the Church and claim to speak for her. On more than a few occasions, I have disagreed with what had been proclaimed by these "holy men". I believe that the Church sets a high moral standard of living in the world to which we should all aspire. Knowing that the standard is high, the Church also knows that it is a goal which we may never achieve. We may stumble, we may fall, but the Church teaches forgiveness and encourages us to get up, keep going and try harder to live as Christ would have us.

Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which of these best describes you?

Very Conservative

Please defend your answer to the previous question by referencing your publicly available track record.

Since I have no prior voting record with which to measure my conservatism, one would have to judge by what I have lived my life doing. Creating and working a small business, volunteering with the Boy Scouts and in ministry as an ordained Deacon in my church. These are areas that I have been interested and participated in and they have shaped my person, my character and my moral standard.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you. 973-396-8726

Additional comment from candidate:

I am a free market, small government candidate concerned about the over reach of our federal government in recent years. I am determined to unseat a career, establishment politician who refuses to vote in the best interests of the voters in his district and the American taxpayers. I will not vote for a budget that increases our national debt, funds any type of amnesty for people who broke the law to come to our country or which funds Obamacare. This "law" is a travesty and the greatest example of government abusing it's power that we've ever seen and it should be repealed and replaced with a common sense, conservative plan that will reduce costs and increase care and truly gives people choices as to how to procure their own healthcare. We should do everything we can as a nation to secure our borders. It is the responsibility of the government to protect our citizens from the influx of drugs and from people who seek to do our country harm.


  • Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, NJ
  • County College of Morris, Randolph, NJ
Work & Military
  • Rick Van Glahn and Sons, LLC, owner, 25
  • Resurrection Parish, Deacon
  • Morristown Medical Center, Pastoral Care Office
  • Boy Scouts of America, Denville NJ, Assistant Scout Master
  • Representative NJCD11, Sought 2014

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