Candidate Profile
Erik Peterson

Republican , New Jersey

Biography

Name
Erik Peterson
Party
Republican
Race
Assembly Dist. 23
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:  85%, 96% (cum.)

99%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

League of Conservation Voters NJ, 2019:  36%, 38% (cum.)

38%

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
*Family Policy Alliance of New Jersey

Reported by Candidate

1
NRA - A rating

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
2
Jay Webber (2018), Leonard Lance (2008)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
1
Local, County, and District Republican Organizations (2019)

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire*

*The questionnaire was received after the deadline and was not considered in the Panel Evaluations and is for additional educational purposes only.
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?

When the life of the mother is at risk.


Economy

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

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.

Strongly Disagree   

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

In any bloated organization like the State or Federal budget you could, without any material impact, cut spending across the board 5-10%. I support a balanced budget amendment at the Federal level and limit borrowing (New Jersey has a balanced budget requirement). In New Jersey, I would eliminate the prevailing wage requirement which increases the cost of government infrastructure project 2X or more. Also, I would eliminate funding to democrat party front groups including Planned Parenthood.


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.

Strongly 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.

Strongly Agree   

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?

Government does not, directly or indirectly, establish a national religion that everyone must follow.


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?

I would eliminate government intervention into the health insurance industry and allow health insurance companies to provide policies tailored to an individual's needs which would reduce the cost. New Jersey's tried "Obama Care" for car insurance resulting in unaffordable car insurance and uninsured motorist. New Jersey eliminated its version of "Obama Care" for cars and car insurance prices dropped dramatically and car insurance cost is no longer a political issue in New Jersey.


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.

Strongly Agree   

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

I support an orderly and efficient immigration process. I think we as a country have the right to determine who enters our country based on their desire to become good citizens and their ability to become productive members of our society. We should not cater to corporate interests that want open borders so they can exploit people as cheap labor.


Values

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.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Conservative Roman Catholic. I start and end each day with prayer and read the bible everyday.


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.

You can validate my responses by reviewing my voting record on the New Jersey Legislative website.

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

I am a middle class husband, father of four, small business owner that understands first hand the impact government has on middle class families. Both in my law practice and as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly, I spend every day advising and representing and fighting for middle class families who want to make sure that the American dream, that your kids will do better than you, will remain a reality for their kids and grandkids.

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?

I believe the fundamental principles that our country was founded, That every individual is equal in the eyes of GOD and should be treated equally by the government. That GOD endowed each of us with unalienable rights which we have given some of those rights to the government in order to have an orderly and just society. That we the people have a right to take back those rights as we, collectively, deem appropriate. Based on these principles the government, including all elected officials and bureaucrats, work for the people not the other way around. As a middle class husband, father and small business owner, I will stand up for, and never turn my back on, the middle class. I will always stand up for freedom and the American Dream for my kids, your kids and all of our grandkids.


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?

Yes   

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

Instant background check.


Other Important Issues

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

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?

I believe in freedom and individual rights. I am currently drafting legislation to prohibit vaccine passports. I am working on tax reduction legislation. I am drafting legislation that would require the automatic sunset of any tax so that the legislature would have to re-evaluate all taxes every five years. Currently, in New Jersey, we have taxes which were to be dedicated to a specific purpose that are being diverted to other uses. If the tax is no longer needed, it should be eliminated. I am working on parents' rights legislation which would give parents the right to opt their children out of curriculum they find objectionable or inappropriate for their children.

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

I do not think racism is a domestic security threat. I do not think the USA is a racist country and I think all most all Americans abhor racism. I believe we should go back to teaching the Golden Rule given to us by Jesus, "All things .... that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them" or in modern parlence "Love thy neighbor as you love yourself".


Background

Education
  • North Carolina State U, Raleigh, BS, 1988
  • Temple U. School of Law, Philadelphia, JD, 1996
Work & Military
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Affiliations
  • Pedals for Progress, Past Board Member
  • Hunterdon County United Way, Past Board Member
  • Milford Lions Club, Member
  • Knights of Columbus, Member
  • Hunterdon County Young Republicans, Past President
Offices
  • Hunterdon County Freeholder, Held 2006-2009
  • NJ General Assembly, Held 2009-Present
 

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