Candidate Profile
Madelyn Hoffman

Green , New Jersey


Madelyn Hoffman
U.S. Senator

Panel Rating

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Reported by Candidate

Dr. Margaret Flowers, MD, Ajamu Baraka, Black Agenda for Peace, Green Party of New Jersey, Green Party USA


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

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

Strongly Disagree

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 Disagree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

No Answer

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.


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


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

Strongly Disagree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.


People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Strongly Agree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Agree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Agree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.


The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Disagree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Democratic Primary, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election, 2016 Democratic Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

The terms and conditions outlines in the law of the land -- Roe v. Wade.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

End all the wars overseas in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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

It is all too easy for the Executive Branch to become too strong, as witnessed when the U.S. was still under British rule. It is necessary to define, separate and limit powers to protect against any one particular branch becoming too powerful and taking away important liberties.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a humanist who believes that human beings are connected to everything around us and so must understand, respect and learn to leave in harmony with nature and the universe around us.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Liberal

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

No answer -- a quick search on google will verify this.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

I believe in Improved Medicare for All.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The government should establish a living wage, not a minimum wage.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

The tax code should be truly progressive. There should be a millionaires' tax and corporate taxes should become a much larger share of the federal, state, county and municipal budget -- as it was 50 years ago, before the U.S. Congress began to change tax laws in order to favor corporations.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Provide a large-scale public works/employment program, such as occurred under FDR in the creation of the New Deal. We need a new Green deal to protect the environment, provide sustainability and jobs for all.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

The U.S. government must pay back to the Social Security Trust Fund the $3 trillion it owes it after repeated "borrowing" from the lock box. That would go a long way to ensuring those benefits will be there for all who have paid, continue to pay and will pay into it.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I have spent the last 40 years working as an activist in NJ and internationally -- twenty years as a grass roots environmental activist and twenty years as a peace and justice activist. I also have a Masters in Public Administration. I ran 3 times as a Green in 1996 (Ralph Nader's vice-presidential running mate in NJ), 1997 Green Party candidate for Governor and 1998 Green Party candidate for U.S. Congress.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you: 973-876-1023

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Nothing to add.


  • Rutgers University, Newark, MPA, 1982
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, BA, 1978
Work & Military
  • Various colleges and universities, Adjunct Professor, 21
  • Writing Tutor, 1
  • New Jersey Peace Action, Executive Director
  • Grass Roots Environmental Organization, Executive Director
  • Governor of New Jersey, Sought 1997
  • Vice-President (from NJ), Sought 1996

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