Rabbi Shmuley Boteach of Englewood today formally announced he will run for Congress in New Jersey’s 9th district.
“The values that have dominated the American political landscape for decades include an obsession with gay marriage, abortion, and now contraception,” said Rabbi Shmuley, a Republican. “If elected, I pledge to be a ‘values voice’ in Congress, and focus on issues that have largely been ignored; it is time to expand the values conversation and agenda, and once again make them the center of our country. Let’s begin with saving the institution of marriage by making family a priority again.”
A best-selling author, Shmuley said he wants to promote legislation that would make marital counseling tax-deductible to help combat the high divorce rate; push for a flat tax and simplification of the tax code to lessen the tax burden on working parents and promote a national year of service among high school students that will count for a year of college credits.
The rabbi said he wants to work to provide vouchers for school children, “advance a values-based class in America’s public schools that focuses on the values that are at the heart of the republic,” and advocate a foreign policy that strongly promotes freedom and democracy and “holds tyrants accountable for brutalizing their people,” Shmuley said.