Taking on the Politicians…Fighting for Us

Jon is a Washington, DC outsider who never ran for office before being elected less than two years ago.  He decided to get involved because our country was heading in the wrong direction.  The career politicians created a mess in Congress, and they could not be trusted to clean it up.

By working with common sense people on both sides of the aisle and through listening to his constituents, Jon is fighting to fix a broken system in Washington so we can restore fiscal responsibility to government, revitalize our economy and get America working again.

Jon has led by example in this regard with his support for term limits and by refusing to accept lucrative taxpayer-funded health benefits offered to Members of Congress.

Economic Growth & Fiscal Responsibility

Taxes are too high and the career politicians have spent and borrowed too much.  Jon believes that the only way to create jobs and revitalize our economy is to cut taxes, rein in spending and reduce the size and cost of government.

Jon has never increased taxes and voted to cut more than $2 trillion in federal spending.  His bipartisan efforts to grow our economy haven’t gone unrecognized – he’s one of the few Members of Congress who have been endorsed by leading pro-business AND pro-labor organizations for his willingness to work with people in both parties to get things done.

Standing Up for Veterans & Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Jon has protected local jobs and small businesses by fighting to expand the mission at Joint Base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst, which is the 2nd largest employer in New Jersey and critical to South Jersey’s local economy.  He’s been an outspoken opponent of excessive cuts to defense and military preparedness.

Jon has also focused on doing what’s right by our nation’s veterans as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, by championing and passing bipartisan legislation that established a cost-of-living adjustment for disabled veterans and their families.

Repealing & Replacing Obamacare

Jon kept a campaign promise made in 2010 to vote in favor of repealing Obamacare because it hasn’t delivered on the promises that were made when it was passed.  Millions of Americans will lose their current coverage even if they like it; the law diverts money from Medicare; it doesn’t lower health insurance costs for consumers; and it increases taxes on middle-class families and small businesses.

He supports replacing this failed law with common sense healthcare reforms that actually lower costs for consumers by: 1) Allowing individuals to shop across state lines to increase competition and lower costs, 2) Passing comprehensive tort reform to ensure medical doctors are not forced to practice defensive medicine, 3) Permitting small business owners to pool together and buy insurance at lower rates, and 4) Moving away from one-size-fits-all healthcare plans and put medical decisions back in the hands of doctors and patients, not bureaucrats and actuaries from Washington, DC.

Additionally, he supports provisions that protect individuals with pre-existing conditions and allows them to find quality, affordable care, and letting young adults remain on their parents’ insurance for a longer period of time as they struggle to find work in this dismal economy.

Jon believes that any new legislation must be driven by representatives having an open, honest discussion with their constituents, not backroom meetings with DC lobbyists.  There is no question we need healthcare reform that makes healthcare more affordable and covers more people.  However, the only way to accomplish that is to repeal this failed law and start with a fresh approach that solves the problems we face, not create new ones that will raise taxes on the middle class, hurt Medicare and further slow down our economic recovery.

Protecting Women & Children

As a happily married father of three – including two young girls – protecting women and children is more than a convenient campaign slogan to Jon.  While some politicians like to talk about doing what is best for women and children, Jon has taken action.  That is why he authored a bipartisan measure aimed at better protecting victims of domestic violence and their children.

Preserving Medicare & Social Security

The career politicians in Washington have allowed key social safety net programs like Medicare and Social Security to drift closer and closer to insolvency, while burying their heads in the sand and pretending a problem doesn’t exist.  Jon has decided to tackle the issue head-on.

He supports common sense reforms that will protect both of these vital programs without ANY changes for today’s seniors and those approaching retirement.  No one age 55 and over will experience any changes.

For younger workers, Jon supports reforms that will empower individuals to have more control over their own retirement savings and ensure that both Medicare and Social Security are preserved for future generations currently paying into a system that, without changes, will very likely not be there when they are ready to retire.

Reducing Our Dependence on Foreign Oil & Lowering Energy Costs

Jon believes we must expand domestic energy production through an “all of the above” approach that will lower energy costs for consumers.  He supports the use of renewable energies like wind, solar and nuclear, while also increasing domestic oil and gas production through more offshore drilling.

Jon was lauded by local newspapers for his effort to find a compromise when it comes to the contentious issue of drilling off the Jersey Shore.  He defied party leadership and proposed an amendment that would empower voters to decide whether oil and gas drilling should be allowed off the coast of their own state.

Putting a Priority on Conservation & The Environment

Burlington and Ocean Counties are home to some of our nation’s most beloved natural treasures including the Delaware River, the Pinelands National Reserve, Barnegat Bay and Ocean County’s beautiful beaches.  As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, Jon is working hard to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy these natural wonders.

Jon advocated on behalf of the National Estuaries Program Conservation Easement Act of 2011 to protect Barnegat Bay, fought for clean beaches, and defended safe drinking water by supporting a rule requiring owners of nuclear plants to promptly clean up radioactive leaks.  Jon also won support from the fishing community for his stance on legislation that protects the rights of fishermen and the small businesses that serve this key shore area industry.

Jon’s Bipartisan Endorsements

Jon’s bipartisan support continues to grow due to his willingness to champion common sense solutions to the problems faced by the people of Burlington and Ocean Counties.  His list of endorsements continues to grow, but currently includes:

The United States Chamber of Commerce, the NJ Policemen’s Benevolent Association, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 322, The National Federation of Independent Businesses, International Association of Heat & Frost Insulators & Allied Workers, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 825, NJ Building and Construction Trades Council, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, NJ Laborers Union, Monmouth-Ocean Building & Construction Trades Council, and the Recreational Fishing Alliance.

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  1. Tom Kennedy September 18, 2013

    Jon, please do not vote for any type of funding for Obamacare.

    Thank you,
    Tom Kennedy
    Mt. Laurel, NJ

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