Questions on Science, Health, and Technology for the New Jersey Senate and House Candidates. 

1) Science and technology have been responsible for half the growth of the U.S. economy since World War II. What role, if any, should government play in stimulating innovative science and technology so we continue to benefit from them?

2) What are your views on climate change and what kind of energy strategies would you support?

3) What is your understanding of the impacts of climate change on New Jersey right now, over the next two decades, and by the end of this century? What actions, if any, should the federal government take in response?

4) What will you do to protect America from cyber attacks while also protecting personal privacy?

5) How should the scientific results of public health research into gun violence be taken into account by legislators? Should the federal government have a role in funding this research?

6) Mental illness often leads to drug addiction, crime, and suicide and costs America more than $300 billion a year. What mental health policies will you support if you are elected?

7) In an age dominated by complex science and technology, how can we ensure that students receive adequate STEM education?

8) The long-term security of water supplies is threatened by aging infrastructure, pollution, climate variability and a growing population. What should government do to ensure access to clean water?

9 )How would you manage American agriculture so it provides healthy and affordable food grown in a just and sustainable way?

10) What should America’s goals be for space exploration and earth observation and what steps would you take to achieve them?

11) Large areas of our oceans are polluted, acidification is damaging coral reefs and other habitats, and overfishing could wipe out certain species and diminish this vital source of food. What will you do to improve ocean health?

12) Politicians are disputing settled science and firing government scientists for political reasons. How will you foster a culture that respects scientific evidence and protects scientists?

13) Share any science policy issues involving medicine, national security, environment, education, the economy or other pressing topics that impact your state/district that you would like to expand on.

For additional information on the construction of the questions, see the Science Debate website. Science Debate questions were developed with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Council on Competitiveness, IEEE-USA, the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Media Partner: Scientific American