The Foundation, a nonprofit established in 1964, has been grading elected officials’ voting records since 1971. Peterson consistently ranks among the most conservative legislators in New Jersey, with a lifetime score of 95%, the highest of any state lawmaker.
“I believe in conservative values, which bring liberty and prosperity to everyone, liberal or conservative,” Peterson (R-Hunterdon) said. “I can’t stress enough the honor it is to be recognized by CPAC, whose members truly are among the best and the brightest, the most influential conservatives on the planet. Thank you.”
The Foundation ranks Peterson strongest on Second Amendment, election integrity, healthcare, taxes, and poverty issues. According to its conservative metrics, although he has broken rank with its positions on occasion, Peterson has no weak issues.
Peterson shared a recorded message to accept his award, as he could not attend in person this year. The ceremony was held Feb. 26 in Orlando, Fla.
“I sleep comfortably at night, knowing I vote on my sincerely-held values, not polling trends that shift with political winds,” Peterson added. “We need more men and women of integrity in state legislatures and the halls of Congress, who cherish our Constitution and believe the best government is self-government first. They will do what is right, no matter the cost.”