Candidate Profile
Joseph Pennacchio

Republican , New Jersey

Biography

Name
Joseph Pennacchio
Party
Republican
Race
Senate Dist. 26
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Conservative 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

Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, 2018-19:  A
National Federation of Independent Business NJ (NFIB-NJ), 2019:  100%
American Conservative Union NJ (ACU-NJ), 2019:  71%, 87% (cum.)

96%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

League of Conservation Voters NJ, 2019:  50%, 43% (cum.)

43%

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

2
*Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey, NJ Public Health Innovation PAC

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
5
Donald Trump (2019), Jay Webber (2018), Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2019), Robert (Bob) Rommel (2015), State Republican Party Organizations (2020)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
3
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2021), New Jersey Republican Pro-Life Coalitions (2008), Rodney Frelinghuysen (2008)

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
7
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (2021), International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (2021), International Union of Operating Engineers (2021), National Education Association (national, state & local affiliates) (2021), North America's Building Trade Unions (2021), Operative Plasterers' and Cement Masons' International Association (2021), United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (2021)

Summary

47%

LIBERAL

53%

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.

Strongly Agree   

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.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Their have been 60 million abortions since 1972. Surely one can make the case that most have been out of connivence not necessitated by an exception that your question is seeking.


Economy

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

Strongly Disagree   

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.

Neutral   

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

Federal farm subsidies Foreign aid


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.

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.

No Answer   

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.

Yes   

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

That this Country will not have one Nationalized religion, and that all religions will be guaranteed the right to practice their faiths by the Government.


Healthcare

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

Disagree   

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

Lower costs by allowing purchase of insurance across State lines. Make available plans that are not overburdened with mandated coverage. Make purchase of Health Care Tax deductible for individuals like the are for corporations.


National Security

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

Strongly Agree   


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.

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.

Agree   

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

Anyone who loves this Country and wants to contribute should be allowed to legally apply for entry into our Country.


Values

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

Agree   

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

Strongly Agree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Devout Catholic


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?

Conservative   

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

My voting record is public and I encourage all to look into it.

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

More important than my 3 college degrees is the empathy and concern I have for all my constituents.

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

No

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

There has not been anything in my life that I have found so gratifying as my public service. I am truly grateful and humbled.


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.

Agree   


2nd Amendment

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?

No Answer   

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

I would abolish and restrict the use of any gun in a criminals hand.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

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?

Equitable distribution of education aid Decrease in taxes Anti bullying laws Innocence Commission State Wide Initiative and Referendum Mandating in person voting with paper ballots

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

If the question is do we have individual racism. Yes. Should it be tolerated. Never. Is it institutionalized. No there are laws against such behavior.


Background

Education
  • NYU, NYC, DDS, 1979
  • Brooklyn College, NYC, BS, 1976
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Montville Education Assoc.
  • UNICO
  • MCRC ( County Republican Org. ), Executive Director
  • Montville Republican Party, President
Offices
  • Morris County Freeholder, Held 2
  • NJ State Assemblyan, Held 8
 

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