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Crime

Our founding fathers were concerned about an expansive criminal code that could threaten our individual liberties. Over the last 30 years, we've grown the number of criminal offenses in the U.S. code by over 2000 vastly redundant laws.  Rik will continue to expand criminal justice reform in a way that ensures we lock up violent offenders and throw away the key, while preventing the overflow of our jails with non-violent offenders who are capable of rehabilitation and earn second chances.

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Immigration

Rik supports building the wall and opposes taxpayer-funded education and healthcare for illegal immigrants.  While compassionate towards all those seeking a better life in the United States, Rik believes that immigrants coming to this country should do it the way his parents did – legally.  Rik is also completely opposed to Governor Phil Murphy’s radical Sanctuary State policies, including college tuition aid, legal aid, and drivers licenses for illegals.

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Healthcare

As someone who worked in the FDA under both Republican and Democratic Administrations, Rik knows what is broken with our healthcare system and how to fix it.  Disastrous socialist policies like so-called ‘Medicare for All’ is not the answer, as it will lead to the end of private insurance, the doubling of taxes on nearly every America, and rationing of care.  That is unacceptable and it must be stopped.  Rik support the following prescription to fix our broken system and still deliver the best healthcare in the world: 1) allow competition across state lines as it relates to insurance companies to bring down costs; 2) eliminate excessive regulatory mandates and administrative burdens on medical professionals; 3) reverse damaging policies like taxing insurance premiums; 4) crack down on irresponsible pharmaceutical companies and hold them accountable to federal laws; 5) get new and innovative therapies onto pharmacy shelves to treat unmet medical needs; 6) increase transparency into pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) practices and manufacturer drug pricing decisions; 7) cut down FDA approval time for new medicines; 8) bring drug manufacturing back to the U.S. (and away from China) to lower the price of drugs and create American jobs.

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Healthcare

Rik is pro-life.  In the Senate, he will vote to protect unborn children from the moment of conception, while also ensuring that expectant mothers receive all the care and support that they need.  Rik opposes taxpayer funds being used to provide abortion, believes we should ban late-term abortions, and that a parent or guardian must be notified when a minor child is seeking an abortion.

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Guns

Rik will never back down from defending the 2nd Amendment.  Stopping gun violence does not mean scapegoating or infringing upon the rights of law-abiding citizens who own guns for self-defense of any other purpose.  Rik supports expanding conceal carry laws coupled with an effective background check system to keep guns out of the hands of criminals or the mentally ill.

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Defense

Freedom is never free. And, it’s never wrong for the President to make a decision to bring American troops home and reunite them with their families. Countries that have a closer geographic interest to war-torn regions, such as Syria and the Middle East, must pull their own weight and work to maintain peace. We must bring our troops home when it’s not our war. These brave men and women have sacrificed everything to protect our nation, and we owe it to them to take care of them when they exit active duty.

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Budget

Rik supports a balanced budget amendment because the federal government needs to live within its means, just like American families, seniors, and small businesses do each and every day.  In the Senate, Rik would vote to make the Trump individual tax cuts permanent and vote to raise or eliminate the current $10,000 SALT cap to alleviate pressure on New Jersey homeowners who – thanks to Trenton Democrats – pay the highest state and local taxes in the nation.

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Education

Rik backs school choice for parents and children locked in failing schools, and will free local districts to make curriculum decisions, not federal bureaucrats.  A student should never have their future determined by their zip code and the failing schools that serve it.  High dropout rates, low test scores, and rampant absenteeism are sadly typical of many failing schools in New Jersey and throughout the country.  All too often, those schools are in minority neighborhoods.  This is unfair and immoral, and it must change immediately before another generation is lost.

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