Candidate Profile
Gregg Mele

Other, New Jersey

Biography

Name
Gregg Mele
Party
Other
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 7
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

Moderate

Questionnaire

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

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

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.

Agree

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.

Disagree

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

Neutral

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

Neutral

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Neutral

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

Agree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Agree

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.

Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

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

Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree

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

Agree

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

Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

No Answer

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape and incest should always allow for it. Otherwise, I believe Roe v. Wade mostly got it right, but I might move the time frame up. The general ruling was in the range of the first trimester, based on the idea that, through that time period, the fetus would not be viable on its own. I think some allowance must be made for abortions, because otherwise, there will be no way to police against some women doing it to themselves, at a substantial health risk. On the other hand, it is a serious issue that deserves serious attention from the beginning, so it should not take a very long time to figure out whether that or a different path (like carrying for eventual adoption). I know that sometimes, according to stories I have heard, women state that they do not know they are pregnant for a long time, but there should be obvious signs to at least check, as long as education is made available, so I believe the window should be more like 6 or 8 weeks.

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

Radical Islamic terrorism is a major problem on many fronts, and while it appears we have our foot on the collective throat of ISIS, we can never let up. They hide among, and pretend to be, refugees, just waiting for a chance to get into the country without any vetting, if liberal forces have their way. Beyond that, the threats of foreign-based militants entering the country through a variety of means, or otherwise being left with enough breathing room in their own countries to recruit and foment, require a message. Any potential new recruits must be made to understand that the radical Islamic terrorists, and NOT the USA, are their enemy, and also that they face a hellish death if they attempt to carry out any attacks. They must be made to understand that it is the terrorists who are preventing them from improving their lives, and that there is no way to avoid extreme suffering if they target us.

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

An unfortunate part of the nature of mankind is that most will, if given the opportunity, fail to resist grabbing power and utilizing it to their own ends and/or to the sacrifice/detriment of others. We still see many countries where dictators take anything they want, living lavishly while their people suffer or starve, not to mention the brutal physical treatment some receive. Checks and balances at least prevent any one person or branch from having too much concentration of power to abuse.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I do believe in God, and that I do answer to Him. I do feel that He is a loving God, who tries to reach us to make us examine, through meditative-like thought, what we are doing to help others and make the world better. I have lived my entire life that way, and have also spent all that time building up the skills necessary to now help many more people on a much larger scale. Everywhere in our country run by liberals is falling apart, because all liberal fiscal policies destroy everything they touch, so we cannot dare risk allowing them to run our District. That being said, the other big threat to this country has been the Establishment, which has been unable to make progress due to partisan bickering and political gamesmanship overriding what is best for the country. If more anti-Establishment conservatives like me can get elected, the country will be back on track again in no time.

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?

Conservative

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

My economic and foreign/immigration policies are conservative. Liberal policies only serve to dis-incentivize members of society and keep them oppressed and dependent. Free market capitalism and minimal government, as we are seeing now, makes everyone succeed. Immigration laws, like all laws, must be followed, for fairness and proper vetting in war time, such as now. My social policies are more moderate. I believe in marriage/gender equality, and gay marriage was long overdue. The original reason the tax code encouraged straight couples was for reproduction at a time when the population was not sufficiently stable yet, but, today, any couple, straight or gay, should be seen as a good thing, where people take care of each other. On the other hand, law school taught that we cannot legislate thought, because it cannot be enforced, since you can never know whether it is true or a lie, so going to a bathroom based on gender identity is not manageable or practical at any level.

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

Private industry competition is the answer, tried and true for so many industries over so many years. Lowering the barriers to entry in a particular industry, perhaps through grant funds based on a strong application and guidelines, is all the downward pressure that is needed on pricing, and companies will then push themselves to create better medicines to maintain or grow their market share. We would also then have more minds looking into the research and creating innovative new cures. Accessibility only seems to be a problem with government-run health care, so that should be taken care of, as well, with this plan. This will be the best way to reach the most people, so that basic needs can be met.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Government should be involved as little as possible. Yes, there are fed rates to be set, and there are trade deals to negotiate, but those are to set a general framework for the economy. Yes, there also needs to be some regulation, particularly in professional services industries, where there is necessarily a measure of trust between client and service provider, but beyond those areas, there should be minimal to no government involvement. The more the market can be left to do its own thing, the better the results generally are.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

The progressive tax system we have is a basic structure that works. It provides for low taxes for low-income individuals and families. Small businesses need more tax breaks in order to thrive and hire more employees, for the betterment of the economy. Wealthy individuals reap the rewards of what they provide/produce for society's benefit, as the incentive for providing/producing it, but certainly there is some room to increase the tax percentage there without destroying the incentive. The biggest change would be, in line with my main campaign theme, to boost enforcement, in this case move more IRS staff into auditing to catch the cheaters, since they are preventing the system from working as intended. The savings there would rival any changes in the tax rates on the wealthy.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Enabling small business to thrive and hire more. Small business is essentially owning a job. The difference between an employee and a small business owner, in terms of finances, is minimal, except that the small business owner has a lot of extra costs taking care of required tax and other reporting requirements. If the burden of compliance costs and taxes can be reduced for small businesses, they can employ more workers. For larger corporations, tax rates are already competitive between jurisdictions, in order to lure those corporations there, but any further easing typically has a similar effect. On the scale of numbers for these corporations, though, a very small change in percentage should make a big difference in dollars, providing the ability to hire many more workers.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

These funds have not remained segregated from other government spending, so the first issue is to repay the fund, with some interest, so that it is where it should have been all along. Otherwise, to the extent that the worker/retiree ratio in the beginning of the program was much higher than it is now, the only solution is more staging of retirement ages. As people live longer, they simply cannot retire at the same age as a generation or two earlier. Minimum retirement ages need to rise, so that the ratio is at least closer to what was originally the situation. People will live longer, more productive lives, and be better able to afford retirement without worry.

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

Education: BS: Computer Science & Mathematics; MS: Computer Science; MBA: Finance; JD: Public & Private Sector Law; and LLM: Corporate & Securities Law. Experience: Many years of legal practice; and years of involvement in local government committees, community and charitable projects. I have a unique understanding of how public and private sector work together in the modern era, and believe I have the most well-rounded background to bring the best ideas to the table. I have not met anyone with as much experience and education as I have, plus I am not beholden to the Establishment, as I am a self-financed outsider, so I can fearlessly bring the best ideas forward and actively pursue them with my colleagues in Congress. I have a reputation for working very long hours (110/week, roughly), with very little sleep, and being more effective than most when it comes to getting things done. I have more than my share of accomplishments.

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

Email: gmlawyer@melelaw.com Cell: (908) 656-0644

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

It is a critical time for this country, and I could not sit by while things happened. Liberal fiscal policies destroy everything every time, but so does the Establishment on both sides of the aisle beholden to itself more than the public. I was surprised, in our generally conservative District, that there were not more anti-Establishment conservatives running at such an urgent time. In any case, I see myself as the only one capable of helping to steer the country in a beneficial direction for everyone. I have had a unique series of life experiences, which I will enjoy sharing with anyone curious to know. I have run a marathon, fallen into a volcano, still play hockey on occasion (goalie), and have a system for avoiding jet lag that has worked every time (although it helps if you do not generally sleep much to begin with!). I have a loving, supportive family: My wife Jenny, my daughters Robin and Nancy, and my stepsons Jeff, Wayne, and Abir, along with other close family members.

Background

Education

  • NYU Law School, NY, NY, LLM, 2001
  • New York Law School, NY, NY, JD, 1998
  • Baruch College, NY, NY, MBA, 1998

Work & Military

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Affiliations

  • various military organizations, contributor, volunteer
  • various youth organizations, contributor, volunteer
  • various disability organizations, contributor, volunteer

Offices

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