Candidate Profile
James Abate

Republican , New Jersey


Panel Rating

Leans Conservative Information icon


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.

No Answer   

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

Strongly Agree   

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.


Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

The issue of abortion has been decided by United States Supreme Court and is the law of the land. I abhor the loss of any life. An abortion is a terrible moment for parent, and society and we should do everything possible to avoid termination of a pregnancy including adoption. I support the foster care system and we do not do enough to provide loving families for foster children.


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


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

Strongly Agree   

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.


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

I would not reduce spending for police. We will stop the policy of defunding the police. Eliminate further borrowing and its requisite interest.

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.


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.


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

Strongly Agree   

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


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

Our laws exist in the context of a Judeo-Christian framework. The bible is a source of interpretation. The protection of religious liberty is of paramount importance and the government should not be permitted to influence the practice of religion.


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


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

The public sector is the best vehicle for providing health coverage with the exception of those who can not afford health coverage. No one should be forced to enroll in health care coverage.

National Security

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

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   

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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Anyone willing to go through the legal process.


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

Strongly Agree   

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


Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am Christian and grew up attending Catholic Schools from first to eighth grade. My values are guided by Western Culture and the bible.


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.

(Did not answer)

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

Juris Doctor Degree. I am a criminal defense lawyer of over 20 years of experience. I am legislative chair for the municipal practice section of the New Jersey State Bar and have testified before the State Senate on legal issues affecting my area of practice.

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


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

I am running for Senate in LD17 because I don't like bullies. Governor Murphy and my opponent think they are co-parents teaching children to hate each other and pushing impressionable youth into irreversible damage. I want to lead the protection of individuals and preservation of their constitutional rights and make New Jersey Safe Again. Currently, police are actively being defunded by virtue of taking away the tools to protect the public. Police are prohibited from warning parents that their children are taking drugs and can no longer issue summons to juveniles. Some towns have had to close their public spaces at night because they are no longer permitted to control juveniles. The bail reform law, intended to make for a more fair system is instead being manipulated by criminals and prosecutors alike. Drunk Drivers, in some circumstances no longer loose their licenses.

Judicial Philosophy

I support the use of Sharia law as a basis for legislation and judicial decisions in the United States.

Strongly Disagree   

Criminal Justice

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


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No Answer   

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

Individuals who have been convicted of certain violent indictable crimes should be prohibited from owning a firearm. Individuals who have committed acts of domestic violence should be prohibited from owning a firearm. Individuals who have been determined to have unstable mental conditions.

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

No Answer   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

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

Investigate the death of over 7000 seniors and veterans due to the negligence of the Murphy administration. Reversal of recent education law which has made the government a co-parent. We must end the recent changes to the curriculum teaching inappropriate sexual material to inappropriate ages, in particular transgender lifestyles resulting in irreversible damage to our children. Eliminating the teaching of critical race theory in our schools. Protection of freedom of thought, including the prevention of social media companies from restricting the free flow of thought. Further, I will propose the expansion of defamation law to punish vindictive actors in cancel culture. If people are to have reputations and careers ruined, they are entitled to a jury of their peers, not a jury of the media and activists.

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

Racism, is an abhorrence. It should be eliminated in all forms. People are entitled to their first amendment right of protest. However, government should not be taking sides.


  • Brooklyn College (CUNY), Brooklyn, BFA, 1996
  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn Law School, JD, 1999
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • Stone Crest Community Church, Member
  • Green Brook Little League, Board of Directors
  • NJ State Bar Assoc Municipal Court Practice Sect, Legislative Chair
  • Middlesex County GOP, Member
  • Middlesex County Republican Committee, Held 2021-

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