Congressman Donald Norcross

Representing the 1st District of New Jersey
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Civil Rights

As the leader of the free world, we must set an example by living the principles we preach: freedom of speech and religion and freedom from persecution. We must ensure no one faces discrimination in the classroom or workplace. With a monumental year for marriage equality behind us, no one should have to live in fear because they are with the one they love. As a member of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I am working toward the extension of equal rights for everyone. 

Women have made great strides in history, but it’s time they receive equal pay for equal work and the opportunity to maintain a work and family balance.

The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy and should be a simple and convenient process. My visit to Selma, Alabama on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march over the Edmund Pettus Bridge was a stark reminder of how far we have come, but how much further we have to go in restoring the right to vote.

Finally, the voices of the people—not the bank accounts of a select few—should determine the outcomes of election and policies of the government, which is why I support increased voter participation and oppose the misguided “Citizens United” Supreme Court decision.  Our overall goal should be to respect the dignity and rights of every individual.

More on Civil Rights

Mar 3 2021
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“I’ve always supported making voting easier, not harder, and today, I proudly voted to pass the most transformational and comprehensive suite of pro-democracy reforms in a generation."
Mar 3 2021
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“I stand with my community and the millions of Americans marching and demanding action following last summer’s senseless murder of George Floyd, along with real, meaningful change to the American policing culture and an end to systemic racial injustices."
May 17 2019
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Equality Act Passes House of Representatives
Apr 4 2019
In The News
We can take action so that Equal Pay Day isn’t a necessary evil, but a memory of an injustice that we overcame together.
Mar 27 2019
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"On my way to vote, I was on the phone with my daughter, Corey, and I told her I was thinking of her, her mother, her late grandmother and everyone who so clearly deserves to be treated the same as their male counterparts."
Mar 5 2019
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"It’s a rare honor to have a portrait hung in the Capitol but, currently, under 10% of the people receiving this honor are women. We can do better than that, and there’s no one who deserves this tribute more than New Jersey’s Alice Paul."
Sep 19 2018
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"These labor organizations conduct important work day in and day out on behalf of hardworking families, and I am humbled by this recognition of my efforts to lift up workers."
Jul 9 2018
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“Some of our country’s most important values are at stake and Americans’ voices will be left behind if the court moves to the extreme right."
Jul 9 2018
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“The Trump Administration’s policy to inhumanely detain immigrant kids is repulsive. Thankfully, this wasn’t a warehouse with chain-linked fencing like we saw on television, but the fact that was even a possibility is horrible."
Jul 9 2018
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"Now, with Justice Kennedy retiring, there is a new opportunity for extremists to rip healthcare away from millions of Americans and undermine women’s rights — and we cannot let that happen."