Rob Carlson, Democrat for US Congress
New Jersey District 1
Rob Carlson, Democrat for US Congress
New Jersey District 1
Where I Stand On the Issues

My Positions

What would FDR do?

A Newer Deal

Hi, I’m Rob Carlson and I’m running for Congress in NJ District 1.  

I had decided early on that I wasn’t going to mention the incumbent’s name in this primary race as he didn’t need the publicity, and that I will focus on the big issues, namely–

Removing Trump (because our house is on fire and we can’t fix the gutters until the inferno is out).
Protecting the Environment (because we can’t live on a dying planet).
Fighting Sexism and Racism (because it’s what decent human beings do).
and Fighting for Expanded and more Fair Voting Rights (because if people can’t vote we can never fix anything).
I also stand for Health Care for All, and legalizing cannabis. I would vote against stupid, risky boondoggles like the TransCanada pipeline and I would vote to keep any federal money away from charter schools.

On all of those issues above I am the most progressive candidate in this race. I would dare say on every issue I am the most progressive candidate in this race. My views on pretty much every issue are articulated in detail.  I have innovative ideas on how to fix the problems with representation in America.  I don’t give soft answers or insult voters with pablum.

But I will mention the incumbent because one thing that Mr. Norcross seems to be harping on is something I agree with, which is that Donald Trump needs to be removed from office. He won’t use the word “traitor”, though. I, however, do and will continue to do so until my dying days. He doesn’t cast blame on the Republican party for enabling Trump, because he likes to clothe himself in the mantle of bipartisanship. I blame the Republican national party for this ongoing disgrace more than Trump. They could stop this ongoing threat to national security immediately. But they won’t.

Quite frankly, I think Mr. Norcross’s denunciations of Trump ring a little hollow and very shallow. It’s an easy thing to call for impeachment when it has no chance of passing right now. It’s the right position– but not one based in courage. Heres’ why:

Mr. Norcross’s entire political career has been pushed by the organization controlled by his brother George. Every endorsement, every ballot placement, every dollar he gets is because people are afraid to buck George’s South Jersey “Democratic” machine. This is a Democratic organization in name only. It consistently undermines progressive Democrats, and works with Republicans to solidify George’s stranglehold across the south of the state. Maybe that’s the price of success, except for one pretty bad fact:

George is a friend of Donald Trump and a member of Mar-A-Lago. I don’t know about you, but if my brother were palling around with a traitor and a threat to the nation, I would say something about it. I’d like to think I’d say publicly “Hey, this looks bad. You can’t do this. You have to resign membership and break off contact with Trump.” I would expect a candidate to DISAVOW the South Jersey machine if its head was consorting with a traitor. I’d like to think that most patriotic Democrats would say something in similar circumstances.

Don likes to say he isn’t his brother. He doesn’t speak for him or vice versa. But he doesn’t seem to have the courage to buck big brother. Why on earth do we think he would have the courage to stand up to Donald Trump when it really matters?

Rob Carlson, Running for US Congress, NJ 1

Women's Rights Are Human Rights

A popular meme is sometimes true. In this case, it sums up how I feel about Women’s rights: Feminism is the radical notion that women are people.