Candidate Profile
Cory Booker

Democrat , New Jersey

Biography

Name
Cory Booker
Party
Democrat
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Very Liberal Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  50%
American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  25%
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  18% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  18% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  30%, 18% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  16% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  14%
Club for Growth, 2019:  13% (cum.)
NumbersUSA, 2019:  25%, 10% (cum.)
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  7%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  7%
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  0%, 5% (cum.)
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2019:  0%, 4% (cum.)
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  3%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  8%, 3% (cum.)
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  3%
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2019-20:  0%
Christian Coalition of America (CCA), 2014:  0%
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2019:  0%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  0%
FRC Action, 2018:  0%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  0%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  0%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  F
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  F

9%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  100%, 100% (cum.)
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  100%, 100% (cum.)
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  100%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  100%
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  100%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2019:  100%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  100%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  100%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  100%
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, 2020:  100%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  100% (cum.)
Population Connection Action Fund, 2019:  100%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  A
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  100%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  100%, 99% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2019:  100%, 98% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  95%
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2019-20:  89%
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  89%
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  88%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  85%
Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  B
Common Cause, 2017-18:  67%

95%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

1
*Warren Davidson

Liberals

26
Ayanna S Pressley, Bill Pascrell Jr., Bonnie Watson Coleman, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, David Crowley and 20 more

Others

2
Humane Society Legislative Fund, *International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)

Selected Contributions

Conservative

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Freedom's Defense Superfund (2014)

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
11
ActBlue (2020), Council for a Livable World (2014), Democracy Engine (2020), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (2016), Hillary Clinton (2016), League Of Conservation Voters (2018) and 5 more
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
154
A New Direction PAC (2020), ActBlue (2020), Airline Pilots Association (2014), All For Our Country Leadership PAC (2020), Amalgamated Transit Union (2014), America Works PAC (2020) and 148 more

Summary

100%

LIBERAL

0%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

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

Right to Life

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker notes that the state has seen two Planned Parenthood health centers close, calling their closures an “existential threat” to Ohio.  Source

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  No. Voted against S. 311.  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Georgia's "fetal heartbeat" law is an all-out-attack on women that will strip them of rights before many even know they are pregnant. I will fight to protect Roe v. Wade — abortion is health care.  Source


Economy

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Sen. Cory Booker pledged he wouldn't cut it.'I will not cut social security -- that is a pledge,' he said. Instead, Booker vowed to expand social security. 'We need to support union labor to make sure that people can have retirement security.'"  Source

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

(Did not answer)

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

(Did not answer)


Religious Liberty

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.

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

(Did not answer)

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "I believe Medicare for All is the best way to rationalize our broken health care system—and I’ll work toward this ideal of health coverage being a right for all Americans."  Source

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says, "Medicare for all is what we should be going for but the first step getting there has to be showing we can create a public option allowing Medicare to be available for more people."  Source

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

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says, "As president, he will fight for access to quality, affordable and universal health care, end attacks on the Affordable Care Act, and act to bring down prescription drug costs." "Impose a tax penalty on drug companies that unfairly raise the cost of their drugs and take patents away from drug companies that sell the same medication for less in other countries."  Source


National Security

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

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


Immigration

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.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says he "would end the executive actions that provide funding for the border wall, and facilitate removal of the wall where it is harming border communities."  Source

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

(Did not answer)

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

(Did not answer)

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

(Did not answer)


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

(Did not answer)


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

(Did not answer)

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says, "He will fight to ensure that all LGBTQ people have full protections of federal civil rights law and the federal government."  Source

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Baptist  Source


Qualifications

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?

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

(Did not answer)

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

(Did not answer)


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker introduced a bill that would slash mandatory minimum sentences in half for nonviolent drug offenders.  Source


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Cory Booker wants to require handgun micro stamping, close the “Charleston Loophole” and the “Boyfriend Loophole.” Booker also supports banning assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and bump stocks and wants to limit gun buyers to one handgun per month.  Source


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Voted "No" Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act (S.1)  Source

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

(Did not answer)

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says "I am proud to introduce legislation that will finally address many of our country's policies—rooted in a history of slavery and white supremacy—that continue to erode Black communities, perpetuate racism and implicit bias, and widen the racial wealth gap."  Source

The Electoral College should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says "In a presidential election, the person with the most votes should be the president of the United States."  Source

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

(Did not answer)

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Booker says "Systemic racism is eroding our country." "I will create an office in the White House to deal with White supremacy and hate crimes."  Source


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