Be among the first to use our new Common Ground Scorecard! Before you vote, see how your candidates rate at finding common ground.

How are points earned?

1. Official Performance (30 points)

  1. Legislators: Bipartisan bill sponsorship and co-sponsorship
  2. Executives: Bipartisan job approval
  3. Candidates without congressional or gubernatorial service: Predictive estimate by statistical modeling

2. Personal Actions (30 points)

  1. Public conversation across political differences
  2. Joining an official from the opposing party for a visit of their district
  3. Membership in a common ground focused caucus (Only U.S. House)

3. Communication (20 points +/-)

  1. Promoting common ground (+)
  2. Insulting political opponents (-)

4. Commitments (20 points)

  1. I will identify and set aside personal biases.
  2. I will commit to seek agreement, progress, and solutions.
  3. I will listen first to learn perspectives and experiences.
  4. I will not assume, but seek to understand motives and intentions.
  5. I will seek outcomes all can live with but not compromise principles.
  6. I will accept that good people may disagree.
  7. I will use and accept facts.
  8. I will stay respectful.
  9. I will resist demonizing.
  10. I will de-escalate hostile situations.

5. BONUS: Outstanding Common Grounder (+10 points)

  1. Awarded for common ground behavior or boldly champions common ground.
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The Maverick Matrix™ illustrates the degree to which an official seeks common ground relative to the partisan intensity of their constituents, meaning how strongly the area they represent favors one party over the other. The matrix is divided into four labeled quadrants:

  • Balancers: Balancing constituents more closely divided between the parties, this official is more of a Common Grounder.
  • Team Players: Consistent with a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • True Believers: Despite a constituency more closely divided between the parties, this official is less of a Common Grounder.
  • Mavericks: Despite a constituency strongly leaning toward one party, this official is more of a Common Grounder. Such officials are most commendable in our view.
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Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5 - D)

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Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5 - D)

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Commentary

Maximum credit for Official Performance. Championed common ground as Co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus. Held a public conversation with Congressman Tom Reed as a bipartisan response to the State of the Union. Also a member of the Civility and Respect Caucus. "I’m working across party lines to find common ground and get things done that are good for New Jersey, not a national political agenda." "Now, more than ever, we need to come together as a community and seek common ground in unity – not division." "There are plenty of issues where we can find common ground if we are willing to sit down together at the table... We know how to find common ground to move the ball forward on the issues that matter to the American people." "I found that from day one, if you actually made an effort to reach across the aisle, to find common ground, you could actually get things done that are good for the country."

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