Candidate Profile
Bruce Banko

Republican , New Jersey


Bruce Banko
Assembly Dist. 19

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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.


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


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?

I believe abortion should only be used in rape cases.


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.


Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.


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

I really would like to go through the budget before I answer this question. I'm sure there is plenty of wasted money that could be eliminated to cut our taxes

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.


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

No Answer   

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

keeping religion out of public schools


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?

All Companies should include health care for their employees and their family.

National Security

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



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.


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

Any one can migrate to the U.S. as long as they come here properly. They must fill out proper forms and wait their turn. Bottom line is you can't sneak into the country and expect to become a citizen.


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

No Answer   

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 a Christian who is married to a Jewish woman. I found that both religions have good values within themselves.


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?

As a ex-president of AFSCME Local 2292, I found that by fighting for what you believe in to the full extent will reward you in your favor no matter how small the issue is. As a outsider, I will be representing the average person. I'm am retired and disabled. I was living financially comfortable until I became disable. I experienced a lot of issues that most politicians have not. I have no donors at this time that I have to answer to except the voters

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 not a politician, I am retired disabled 56 year old voter that wants to see change. Everyone is tired of high taxes and need to move out of state because if it. I don't wanna move so I decided to run for state Assembly and stir the pot that has not been stirred in awhile. The state is going in the wrong direction. It feels that the state has a say in everything you do. I want the residents of NJ to be able to raise their children and have them stay here with you when you retire. This will not happen if the state continues in the direction it is headed. I have 3 children 12, 13 and 21 years old and I don't see a promising future here in NJ. My father was a marine in WWII and told me to be a leader not a follower and that is what I intend to do if elected

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.

Strongly 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?

The restrictions that are in place now are fine for right now.

Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.


The Electoral College should be abolished.


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

1. Mandating all employers to have health insurance for all employees 2 Eliminating/lowering tolls on NJ highways for state residents 3. Issue registered voters I.D. cards

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

Yes there is a racism threat to domestic security in the United States. It makes everyone feel uneasy and threaten which makes people do things that they normally won't do.


  • Woodbridge High School, Woodbridge, NJ, 1982
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
  • AFSCME Local 2292, President
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