Jeff Bell, New Jersey’s GOP candidate for U.S. Senate and ‘unapologetic conservative’


Emerging from the field of four New Jersey Senate candidates vying in this month’s primary election, former Washington policy analyst Jeff Bell will face incumbent Democrat Cory Booker in November. NewsWorks Tonight Host Dave Heller sat down with Jeff Bell to discuss his views on economics, social issues, and immigration.

“I think that we’ve gone too long, 43 years, without having anything of value being tied to the dollar,” says Bell. “The dollar is just printed by the Federal Reserve, and it isn’t attached to anything. They manipulate the value of it.”

As a remedy, Bell advocates returning the country to the gold standard.

A social conservative, Bell chastises Republicans who move away from hot-button issues including abortion and same-sex marriage. “Candidates who slip away from them, who say ‘I’m pro-life,’ but that’s not part of this campaign, I don’t think help themselves in any way, shape or form,” says Bell.

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On the issue of immigration, Bell doesn’t toe the party line. “We have to find a path to legality for the people who are here without papers,” says Bell. “But even more important than that, we need to have a legal immigration system that makes sense.”

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