Candidate Profile
James Tosone

Libertarian , New Jersey


James Tosone
U.S. Rep., Dist. 5

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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.


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.


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.


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 Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

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


More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.


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.


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.


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."


I support sanctuary cities.


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

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.


Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

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


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


I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

I support the Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

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

Congress should: - adopt a less-interventionist foreign policy focused on a strong defense of the United States and its territories; - avoid military interventions that are not vital to U.S. national security; - reorganize the military to support a less-interventionist foreign policy and, in the process, reduce military spending to a level appropriate for a less-interventionist policy; - reassert its Constitutional responsibility and authority to declare war and decide when the U.S. should intervene militarily.

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

People generally act first and foremost in the own self-interest. This does not change when they are elected to office and have the coercive power of government at their disposal. Separation and limitation of powers ensures that only those policies that are both Constitutional and enjoy widespread support become the force of law.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe in the freedom of individuals to determine their own future and solve problems voluntarily and cooperatively.

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?


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

I am a Libertarian and do not fit neatly into the traditional left-center-right model. I support both personal/civil liberties AND economic liberties. I believe the primary role of government is to protect our natural rights to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness. I believe our societal challenges are best addressed by voluntary action in the civil society (non-profits, charities, mutual aid societies), rather than through the politics. I was the Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party (2016-2017), the NJ Libertarian Party candidate for State Senate (District 39) in 2017, and a delegate to the National Libertarian Party Convention (2016 & 2018). [Note: when you conduct this survey in the future, I ask that you include Libertarian as an option in Q28.]

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

For general health insurance: - Control costs using Direct Primary Care for routine medical treatment. - Limit private & government insurance to large,unexpected treatments. For Medicare, Congress should: - take all the money Congress currently spends on Medicare and give it directly to enrollees as cash, as with Social Security, adjusting individual enrollees’ “Medicare checks” so that lower-income and sicker enrollees receive larger checks; - allow workers to save their Medicare payroll taxes in personal, inheritable retirement health savings accounts that will gradually replace Medicare transfers; - fund any transition costs by reducing other government spending, not by raising taxes. For Medicaid, Congress should: - freeze each state’s Medicaid funding at current year levels; - give states full flexibility to use Medicaid funds to achieve a few broad goals; - begin phasing out Medicaid federal funding and the Medicaid payroll tax.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

- Eliminate all laws and regulations that bestow an advantage on, or disadvantage, particular companies or industries - Eliminate all corporate welfare - Eliminate the corporate income tax, and instead treat dividends/capital gains as ordinary income on individual income taxes

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Congress should: - replace current individual income tax rates with rates of 15 and 25 percent; - eliminate the corporate income tax, and instead treat dividends/capital gains as ordinary income on individual income taxes; - repeal all deductions and credits to restore the income tax to raising revenue, not for social and economic engineering [exception: make charitable contributions a dollar-for-dollar tax credit]; - create universal savings accounts so that all families can build wealth without double taxation; - repeal the alternative minimum tax and the estate tax.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

- Eliminate laws and regulations that increase the cost to companies of hiring employees - Eliminate laws and regulations that result in companies replacing labor with automation

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

- Phase out traditional Social Security benefits and replace them with private retirement accounts - Fund the transition though the sale of Federal assets

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

As a contributor to the book, "Idiot's Guide: The U.S. Constitution" I understand what the proper role of Congress is. I will not support legislation that violates the limited, enumerated powers that the Constitution delegates to the Legislature. Nor will I, unlike the current Congress, duck my responsibility to pass responsible budgets and to decide when the country goes to war. As a former business person in the healthcare area, I understand the root cause reasons for our ongoing healthcare crises and how to address it.

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

I am a lifelong resident of New Jersey. My wife and I have lived in Township of Washington, Bergen County, for 30 years. We have one daughter. I had a thirty-year career at a Fortune 50 healthcare company as a Director of Business Technology. I now consult with leading organizations to help them enhance their innovation, collaboration, and communication skills.


  • Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, MS, 1976
  • Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, BS, 1975
Work & Military
  • Pfizer Inc, Director, Business Technology, 30
  • Tosone Associates, Managing Director, 10
  • New Jersey Libertarian Party, Vice Chair
  • New Jersey Libertarian Party, Bergen County Representative
  • Valley Toastmasters, President
  • Valley Toastmasters, VP Education
  • Society for Information Managment, VP National Programs
  • Society for Information Managment, Advisory Board
  • NJ State Senate, Sought 2017

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