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[–]boxOfficeBonanza89 11 points12 points  (4 children)

NJ-7 born and raised here. Let me start by thanking you for challenging an incumbent as entrenched, and vile, as Leonard Lance.

That being said: respectfully, you lost by 11 points while Hillary Clinton was carrying the district by 1 point. As a former resident, I think at least one thing going against you was your age -- this is an upscale, suburban district, and fresh faces don't always play well here.

What will you do differently this time to take on Lance? How will you overcome the experience gap? What would you say to a primary voter who is inclined to vote Mandelblatt or Weber because they have more experience?

If you win the primary, I will VERY happily volunteer for you. But I'd like you to make the case that you're the best positioned to challenge Lance.

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 3 points4 points  (3 children)

I will point out that our campaign did better against Lance than any other Democratic challenger in history, including candidates who had more experience. On the other hand, as a Licensed Social Worker, my experience is directly connected to the work I want to accomplish as a Congressman. Our message has been proven to be effective, versus the more centrist campaigns the previous challengers had, and Mandelblatt and Weber will most likely run.

[–]boxOfficeBonanza89 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Yes, you came within 11 points while Chivukula lost by 17 in 2012. But normalize it to the presidency and you get a different story – you ran 12.5 points behind Clinton, while Chivukula ran 11 points behind Obama. And regardless, a sample size of four does not make a trend. You assert that your “message has proven to be effective” but you're not making a case as to why. And you don’t provide any answer to what you’ll do differently.

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

We will have many differences in our campaign from last year, more specifically being able to get our message out more, as we will raise more money. Our message will also focus on how the national platform will effect us on a local level, and connect back. The reason why you should support me over the other candidates in simply that we don't have time to start back from the bottom, Lisa and Linda have to learn the policies, learn the district, and the district needs to learn who they are. By the time they get to the point we are at, Lance will be being sworn in. We have the advantage of knowing the district, and having the name recognition so we will be more likely to defeat Lance.

[–]boxOfficeBonanza89 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks!

[–]crgnxn 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I'll leave the issue based questions to everybody else. For those who leave this conversation inspired to help you win, what can they be doing now to help.

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Number one thing right now is to help us by donating. you can do that at Jacob2018.com and spread the word. If you live in NJ and would like to host a fundraiser, reach out to: William@Jacob2018.com

[–]JayneTheDwockRohnsonWA 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Hello Peter, glad to have you! You came very close to defeating the incumbent Leonard Lance and this was before the Trump presidency. What specific issue(s) will you focus on here that will push you over the top this time and win the 7th district?

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

We are still in the process of doing lots of listening around the district to figure out what exactly are the biggest issues. But for the most part, we want to help explain how our economic vision is best, not only for the entire nation, but for the 7th district of NJ specifically.

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Thank you guys for these great questions. Please feel free to keep adding more here. I will come back to this and answer more questions later:)

To volunteer or donate, visit: Jacob2018.com

In solidarity,

Peter Jacob, LSW

[–]The1stCitizenOfTheIn 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Do you support getting rid of voting machines for all elections?

What do we do about Wall St?

Do you accept donations from lobbyists and CEOs?

Do you support Net Neutrality?

What are your thoughts on super-delegates?

How will you resist blindly falling for the often unverified claims of the establishment (Iraq has WMDs and the like)?

How do you feel about Ranked Choice Voting?

Under what circumstances do you think it's ok go to war?

Where do u go for news stories?

How do you feel about military interventions?

Do you support having mail in ballots for all elections?

Should we have voting days on weekends rather than a Tuesday for federal races?

Do you think we should mandate that gas powered vehicles no longer be produced by manufacturers?

Do you think that members of federal agencies should have a vote on whether a president's federal appointment gets to run their agency or not?

Do you think the US should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia?

How do you feel about Super PACs?

How do you feel about Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods?

Would you back the "Audit the Pentagon Act"?

Are you for oil pipelines?

Are you for fracking?

How do you feel about third parties?

How did u pay for ur first ad, who made it?

Do you support the Fairness Doctrine?

Do you have an issues page yet?

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Do you support getting rid of voting machines for all elections?

Getting rid of voting machines for all elections would make our elections even more vulnerable to hackers. With paper ballots, however, it is possible to refer back to each ballot and make sure that votes were accurately counted.

What do we do about Wall St?

We need a modern day Glass Steagall and a financial transaction fee to ensure responsibility.

Do you accept donations from lobbyists and CEOs?

Our campaign is not funded by large corporate donations but rather by grassroots support from community members who genuinely believe in our progressive movement.

Do you support Net Neutrality?

Yes, we need to ensure fair and equal access to all public utilities.

What are your thoughts on super-delegates?

The concept of super-delegates is inherently undemocratic. We need to restore trust in the voters to elect qualified, democratic representatives.

How will you resist blindly falling for the often unverified claims of the establishment (Iraq has WMDs and the like)?

It is extremely important to have an informed and educated society. As a responsible and patriotic member of our society I am dedicated to seeking the truth and voicing that truth in Congress.

How do you feel about Ranked Choice Voting?

I support Ranked Choice Voting as it would strengthen our democracy and make elections more representative.

Under what circumstances do you think it's ok go to war?

If there is a clear and genuine threat (oil, by the way, does not count as a threat) to our national security or that of an ally nation, then we might have to consider military action.

Where do u go for news stories?

I like to listen to Thom Hartmann, Young Turks, Rachel Maddow (to keep up with what the mainstream media is saying), and NPR.

How do you feel about military interventions?

Military interventions can be necessary, given that we have a viable exit strategy, if the US or one of our allies faces a major threat to national security.

Do you support having mail in ballots for all elections?

Voter empowerment is central to the strengthening and reclaiming our democracy. Requiring people to vote only at the polls disproportionately targets low-income voters and is entirely outdated in the 21st century. We need widespread updates to our voting infrastructure and work towards making online voting secure and accessible.

Should we have voting days on weekends rather than a Tuesday for federal races?

I would love to see some experimentation to test whether or not this idea would increase voter engagement. If it would increase turnout then it sounds like a viable option.

Do you think we should mandate that gas powered vehicles no longer be produced by manufacturers?

Yes, with a deadline of 2030.

Do you think that members of federal agencies should have a vote on whether a president's federal appointment gets to run their agency or not?

Although this idea may seem more democratic, it would enable career bureaucrats to overrule the decision of an elected representative.

Do you think the US should stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia?

Yes.

How do you feel about Super PACs?

In a truly democratic society, there is simply no justification for the obscene influence of Super PACs on our political system. We need a constitutional amendment to overturn the Citizens United SCOTUS decision and make it clear that corporations cannot be viewed as people under the First Amendment. Our elected representatives will never actually represent us unless we prevent the ultra-wealthy from buying political favors. Issues such as climate change, criminal justice reform, and affordable healthcare (to name just a few) will continue to plague our nation until we eradicate the influence of money on politics.

How do you feel about Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods?

We need to enforce anti-trust rules. We need to restore good and healthy competition in our economy.

Would you back the "Audit the Pentagon Act"?

Yes, we need transparency and accountability in our government.

Are you for oil pipelines?

Absolutely not.

Are you for fracking?

No, we need a Green New Deal if we are serious about protecting our environment.

How do you feel about third parties?

The two-party system has, without a doubt, monopolized and polarized US politics. We need diversity in our democracy.

How did u pay for ur first ad, who made it?

A very talented close friend of mine helped us make our first ad, which we paid for with small dollar donations.

Do you support the Fairness Doctrine?

Yes, we need our media to be fair and balanced with voices representing all perspectives.

Do you have an issues page yet?

We are currently updating our issues page from our 2016 campaign. It will be up soon.

[–]The1stCitizenOfTheIn 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Getting rid of voting machines for all elections would make our elections even more vulnerable to hackers.

How? The machines aren't there, so there's nothing to hack.

[–]1tudore 0 points1 point  (1 child)

By "getting rid of voting machines" do you mean moving to hand-counted, paper ballots?

What does Cathy Myers have to do with NJ?

[–]The1stCitizenOfTheIn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

paper ballots and oops about Cathy

[–]NJITBrian 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hey Peter,

Volunteered for you last year, you're fantastic! I was wondering if you were hesitant on running again after your family was victim to some hate grafiti? How did that have an impact on you?

Best of luck this year! You have my full support!!

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Not at all, in fact if gives me motivation. We need more people who look like me to stand up and say enough is enough, and lead this country out of it's hateful history.

[–]1tudore 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Disabled Rights

(1/3) Will you please abolish the sub-minimum wage for disabled workers by supporting the Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment Act 1 2?

(2/3) Will you please support the Disability Integration Act to help disabled Americans remain independent and get care at home 3 ?

(3/3) Will you please abolish asset caps that trap disabled people in poverty4 ?

(I believe you supported all of these last time, so I'm just checking in again.)

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

  1. Yes, 100%
  2. Yes
  3. Yes

[–]1tudore 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Gerrymandering

Partisan-drawn districts are often gerrymandered, but independent panels can still draw districts that fail to reflect the voters' will. You can still end up with unrepresentative districts where a single Democrat wins with 80% in the city, and then multiple Republicans win with 50.1% in the suburbs.

 

To solve that problem, would you cosponsor Rep. Beyer's bill to create mutlimember districts with proportional representation1 ?

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yes

[–]darrowssparrows 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Why, as you stated below, do you believe Weber and Mandleblatt "will most likely run" "centrist" campaigns? What do you define as centrist and will you support them if they win the primary?

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you guys for these great questions. Please feel free to keep adding more here. I will come back to this and answer more questions later:)

To volunteer or donate, visit: Jacob2018.com

In solidarity,

Peter Jacob, LSW

[–]Don_Ford 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hi, Peter.

Hope Reddit is kind to you.

Don

[–]TotesMessenger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

[–]1tudore 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Immigration Reform

 

(1/4) Do you support Bernie Sanders' immigration reform plan1 , including ending misogynist inequities inherent in the current system?

 

(2/4) Would you support the effort to decriminalize immigration, including repealing the discriminatory and ant-immigrant provisions of the immigration policies of '96, and guaranteeing counsel for all defendants in immigration courts? 2

 

(3/4) Would you support a state-based visa system to supplement our current federal program, as is practiced in Canada and Australia 3 ?

 

(4/4) Given the raft of abuses we have seen from CBP, would you work with DHS to reform CBP and retrain staff to end profiling and abuse? Would you similarly work to end ICE and find non-disruptive approaches to enforcing immigration law so as not to break up families?

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

  1. Yes
  2. Yes
  3. This is really a state issue, but we should certainly explore.
  4. Yes and Yes

[–]1tudore 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Housing

Housing is painfully unaffordable for many Americans, while the extraordinarily wealthy people continue to take homeowner's tax credits to buy bigger mansions.

(1/3) Would you look at the German system of encouraging renting, construction, and other policies to help make housing more affordable link?

(2/3) Would you work with Senator Warren to help protect homeowners in foreclosure by defending the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau link?

(3/3) Would you support expanding Housing First programs to eliminate homelessness, expanding on the success Utah has found link?

What other policies would you support to help ensure people have adequate housing?

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

  1. This is something we will research and look into, but we need to start by paying livable wages.
  2. Yes
  3. Yes, but that's also a state issue

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Tax credits for first time owner, debt relief, medicare for all, regulate lending to prevent predatory loans. Making sure people have a livable wage.

[–]1tudore 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Congressional Capacity

Evidence tells us the dearth of internal expertise in Congress - e.g., Gingrich's elimination of the Office of Technology - exacerbates corruption. In order to learn about relevant tech or industry matters, Congress can't rely on overstretched, underpaid staff, and often, can only get any information on a policy issue from lobbyists representing people with a profit interest in a particular policy.

 

Would you support increasing pay and professionalizing congressional staff1 to further increase Congress' ability to resist lobbyist influence?

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is a great idea. Congress makes smarter decisions when members are surrounded by the right people. Adding a little extra money to members’ budgets to hire well-qualified advisors will keep special interests out of my office and will help me and my future colleagues make as informed decisions as possible.

[–]1tudore 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Refugees & Asylees

(1/3) Would you support adding gender to the list of categories for refugee status?

 

Women who face persecution in their home countries today based on their gender must now prove they are also part of a 'special group' in order get asylum here1.

 

(2/3) Would you support eliminating the cap of refugees so we can accept as many refugees as we can manage, without artificial numerical limits?

 

(3/3) The world faces the greatest global refugee crisis since WWII.

Would you work with the DoS & the UNHCR to advance an international resettlement system wherein wealthy nations provide direct aid transfers to refugees2, which should indirectly subsidize the disproportionately poorer nations that accept the vast majority of refugees?

 

The Center For Global Development (@CGDev) notes research tells us direct cash aid is the best way to help immigrants and prevent Alan Kurdi type tragedies. 3

[–]pilmenstein 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Where do you stand on basic income and, if you don't think it's currently necessary, what substitute solutions do you recommend in the face of rising income inequality?

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It is definitely something we need to explore, as we are getting closer to needing it. I like the idea of taxing automation in order to fund UBI. But the conversation our country must fully engage in is how we creat good paying jobs and ensure the current wages are livable, then we must quickly move on to the conversation of UBI.

[–]drawdeadonk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The problem is the only jobs government can create directly is by creating new agencies and bureaucrats, and we really need less of those kind of jobs. Government can currently help spur job growth by lowering the corporate tax (blasphemy I know), which is a farce anyway.

[–]LiberaltarianPepe 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What policies would you support to make it easier to form or join a union and strengthen labor protections? Do you support a federal green jobs program and by when do you think we should have 100% renewable energy? Do you support a maximum wage?

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Let's get rid of the Taft Hartley Act, and strengthen collective bargaining. Unionization should be easier, if 50% +1 person of the work force wishes to unionize, they should. Definitely support a Green New Deal with government funded projects going to help the environment, infrastructure and job market.

I would like to see us go fully renewable as fast as possible, I believe 2035 is the current aggressive projection.

I support a fairer tax structure and a higher minimum wage.

[–]BarkingIguana 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What's the most striking natural scenery you encountered travelling the district?

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Taking in the Delaware River in Milford.

[–]socialistbob 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Given that you lost 43-55 last year what are you going to do differently and what mistakes did you make that you think you can improve on?

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

We didn't raise enough money to fully get our message out, that is something we intend to do differently. Specifically with the messaging, we are going to be making a stronger effort to relate the national platform to the local community and how it will positively effect them.

[–]socialistbob 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for the response and good luck flipping the district.

[–]Hurikane211 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How's your dog?

[–]PeterJacobforNJVerified[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

10 months, healthy, strong, smart and beautiful.

[–]Lawofprobity 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for doing this. Two part question here. Have you seen your state party respond to the success you had in 2016 by nominating and supporting local candidates who seem to trend away from more traditionally centrist positions? I'm this vein, do you think it's important to have strong tickets at all levels? Thanks again and good luck.

[–]GirlWithNoNameYet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

LGBTQIA Rights

  1. Do you oppose so-called "Religious Freedom" amendments that would allow for the legal discrimination of LGBTQIA people?

  2. Do you support legally mandating health insurance companies to cover ALL surgeries and medical care for transgender people as deemed "medically necessary" by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's (WPATH) "Standards of Care" and/or as determined by the patient and their primary medical physician?

  3. Do you support the federal passage of an amendment or law(s) that ensure LGBTQIA equality and anti-discrimination protections in the fields of housing, employment, public accommodations and healthcare?

  4. On your list of political priorities, could you elaborate on where your support (or opposition) is in regards to promoting and ensuring LGBTQIA equality?

[–]Scientist34again 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why doesn't your campaign website have an issues page so voters can see what policies you support or oppose?

[–][deleted] -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

How will turning America into Venezuela help average Americans?

[–]drawdeadonk -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

What's your stance on the Fed? Also, since all fiat currencies fail where do you see the breaking point (bankrupting social safety nets) with our outstanding obligations?