Where Bob Stands on the Issues
Bob Hugin was raised in a diverse neighborhood in Union City, Hudson County, where the values of hard work – Bob started delivering papers in grade school – and service to community and country were instilled in him at a young age. He was the product of public schools and was the first person in his family to attend college – on a full scholarship – he then joined the United States Marine Corps. Bob went on to lead a struggling biotech company into what is today a worldwide leader in the fight against cancer, helping to create thousands of jobs in our state. He will be a Senator New Jersey can be proud of.
Getting New Jersey’s Fair Share
New Jersey is currently 50 out of 50 – dead last – in the amount of federal investment we get back from Washington for the tax dollars we send there each year. The new SALT cap only makes it worse. It’s unacceptable. Bob will work across party lines and use his decades of private sector business experience to secure expanded investment in New Jersey’s priorities like transportation infrastructure, our military bases, higher education, healthcare, and beach replenishment.
Jobs & the Economy
As someone who has grown a business and helped to create thousands of good paying jobs right here in New Jersey, Bob understands the need for innovative policies that encourage economic growth and make our state more attractive for employees and employers. New Jersey is a high cost state that is becoming increasingly unaffordable. Millennials – those aged 18 to 34 – are leaving our state at the highest rate in the country, decimating our state’s future workforce.
Seniors and high earners are leaving New Jersey at a rapid pace, taking with them the capital we need to create new enterprises and the tax revenue we need to support critical government functions and charitable giving. The future Bob envisions for New Jersey is a bright one where our economy is growing, businesses small and large are thriving, and people have good paying jobs to support themselves and their families. He will use his decades of experience as a job creator to ensure that New Jersey’s economy is a robust 21st century economy where everyone has the opportunity to succeed and pursue their dreams.
Health Care Reform
As a board member of one of the country’s most forward-looking hospital and integrated clinical care systems and the leader of a major biotech company, Bob will be a driving force in the Senate to move us past the divisive partisan fights on health care. As Senator, Bob will promote policies that actually fix the system for patients and doctors, driving down costs, increasing consumer choice, and encouraging innovation.
Bob believes we need to address the increasing inequality of health outcomes and the social and economic issues impacting health care in our communities, while ensuring that high-quality care is accessible, affordable and delivers better value to all Americans. Bob will push for reforms that stop the system from discriminating against the sickest Americans and advocate for making payment systems based on value, performance and evidence-based approaches that provide transparency on cost and patient outcomes.
For the last two decades, Bob’s leadership has resulted in countless breakthroughs in treatment and cures. He will use this expertise to promote policies that incentivize bold experimentation and innovation that can find cures and lower costs.
While the new tax reform bill will deliver real relief for many New Jerseyans and help spur economic growth and job creation, the fact remains that New Jersey is a high-tax state unfairly impacted by the $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. Bob will fight to eliminate the cap, and make the individual tax cuts permanent, so New Jersey taxpayers can realize meaningful long-term relief.
Restoring Honesty & Integrity to Government
Incumbent Senator Bob Menendez has been severely admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee – a rare and bipartisan action taken by the Committee – for violating federal law and abusing his position. His indictment on federal bribery and corruption charges for taking lavish gifts from his convicted felon “best friend” was an embarrassment to New Jersey and underscores the need for raising the ethical standards of our public servants and strengthening anti-corruption laws in our federal government.
Bob Hugin believes that Congress should be held to a higher standard. As Senator, he will not accept any gifts from anyone. He has also committed to putting all of his assets in a blind trust, which will be restricted to investment and mutual funds. Neither he nor the Trustee will have access to any information on any specific investments being made.
Bob will work with non-partisan, good government watchdogs, and honest people on both sides of the aisle to close the loopholes in current law and act to restore faith and trust in our government by making sure corrupt politicians are held accountable and are forced to live by the same laws the rest of us do.
New Jersey’s infrastructure is in dire shape. It’s damaging our economy and our quality of life. In spite of all the federal tax dollars New Jerseyans send to Washington, we are 50 out of 50 in investment back. That means we’re helping support infrastructure in other states while our roads and bridges are crumbling. Bob will fight for projects like Gateway, which includes the Portal North Bridge and Hudson Tunnel projects serving New Jersey, New York City and the entire Northeast Corridor.
Bob has called on President Trump and leaders in both parties to stop the partisan finger-pointing and move these important priorities forward. Bob will be New Jersey’s champion in Washington fighting to make sure our federal tax dollars are invested here to modernize our infrastructure, which will improve our economy, make our roads, bridges and tunnels safer, and create good-paying, high-skill jobs.