New Jersey Libertarian Party

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2012 Libertarian Contenders for our Presidential Nomination

In May of 2012 delegates from each of the 50 state Libertarian Parties will be convening in Las Vegas, Nevada. The delegates will be deciding on the future of the party and will be picking who our candidate for President shall be.

Candidates who have made statements that they are running to date include:

The Fair Tax Isn’t Fair; It’s a Farce

One of the few quibbles that many libertarians have against the positions taken by Gary Johnson is his support for the Fair Tax. Libertarian Presidential contender, R. Lee Wrights has written the following essay about The Fair Tax.


The Fair Tax Isn’t Fair; It’s a Farce

R. Lee WrightsBy R. Lee Wrights

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

“There cannot be a good tax nor a just one; every tax rests its case on compulsion.” – Frank Chodorov

BURNET, Texas (Jan. 7) – The so-called Fair Tax is not fair; on the contrary, it is a farce based on fallacies and falsehoods. Sadly, some libertarians have fallen for the bogus arguments uttered by proponents of this national sales tax and bought into the idea that this is the “best we can hope to get.” This is a justification very similar to the flawed reasoning that induces some people to vote for the “lesser of two evils.”

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Gary Johnson Rumored to be Seeking LP Presidential Nomination

GJ_Full_Shot_2_Low_Res Gary Johnson will quit the Republican primaries and seek the Libertarian Party nomination instead, POLITICO has learned.

The former two-term New Mexico governor, whose campaign for the GOP nomination never caught fire, will make the announcement at a press conference in Santa Fe on Dec. 28. Johnson state directors will be informed of his plans on a campaign conference call Tuesday night, a Johnson campaign source told POLITICO.

The move has been expected for weeks -- Johnson had run a New Hampshire-centric effort that never got him past a blip in the polls. He appeared at only two nationally televised debates, and only one in which other major candidates took part.

Johnson expressed deep disillusionment with the process as his libertarian message failed to catch fire and he received almost no attention for his bid. He soon began flirting with the Libertarians when it became clear that he was gaining no traction in GOP primaries.

"I'm still in the race," Johnson told POLITICO last month. "I'm registered in New Hampshire and the intention would be, hope against hope that I would be able to be heard. But there is not much hope."

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Jury Nullification

Starting in 2009, I have distributed American Jury Institute pamphlets at courthouses informing juries of their right to judge the law as well as the facts. This is a well established duty of British and American juries. But judges keep it secret from the juries. Along with the pamphlets, I distribute a flyer that reads:

The Judge will instruct the jury that it must uphold the law as he gives it.

He will be lying.

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The Unappreciated Rich

I guess that if you want to be rich and still well-liked, you need to be the iconic head of a well known brand that people have an emotional attachment to. In all the (well deserved) tributes to Steve Jobs, including from the redistributor-in-chief, I never heard one person say that Jobs didn’t pay his “fair share” of taxes (except for my tongue-in-cheek rant below). In Jobs’s case, just bringing us neat gadgets and movies was enough.

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Republican Presidential Debate Offered No Specifics for Job Creation

By Carl Person, Candidate for Presidential Nomination of Libertarian Party

New York, NY, September 8, 2011. Carl Person, who is seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for President, viewed the Republican Presidential Debate held on September 7th at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and states that “the candidates offered no new insight or specifics into creating new jobs for the nation’s unemployed.”

Person went on to say that “Three main candidates (Governors Romney, Perry and Huntsman) gave statistics on new job creation during their period as Governor as claimed proof of their ability to create jobs, without explaining what actions they took as Governor which resulted in the alleged new jobs.”

“Many of the 8 candidates,” according to Person, “wanted a reduction in regulation without stating what specific regulations they would terminate. Also, many of the candidates wanted a reduction in taxes. Some of the candidates recognized that small business was over-regulated, without stating in what specific respects.

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NJ Title 19:27A Uniform Recall Election Law

Note: the following is the title as of April 26, 2010.

 

19:27A-1 Short Title
19:27A-2 Power to recall elected Officials
19:27A-3 Definitions
19:27A-4 Recall; vote required, service of term, statements, procedures
19:27A-5 Recall petition; signatures required
19:27A-6 Notice of intention
19:27A-7 Review of notice of intention; approval; publication; answer
19:27A-8 Format of recall petition; requirements
19:27A-9 Circulator of recall petition
19:27A-10 Filing of petition by recall committee; time
19:27A-11 Review of petition by recall election official
19:27A-12 Contesting decisions of recall officials
19:27A-13 Issuance of certificate as to sufficiency of petition; scheduling of recall election; notice
19:27A-14 Recall election, conduct
19:27A-15 Ballot used at recall election; filling of vacancy
19:27A-16 Results of recall election
19:27A-17 Recall committee, recall defense committee; regulation of contributions; reports
19:27A-18 Statutes inoperative

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Ken Kaplan in Hall Institute Debate

The Hall Institute recently asked several questions of the NJ gubernatorial candidates. The dialog between the Hall Institute and Ken Kaplan follows.

Hall Institute:

Perhaps, the most daunting long-term economic challenge confronting New Jersey  is the fiscal condition of the state's public pension system.  Given today's economic and political climate, what steps would you take to meet the state's growing pension obligations?

Ken Kaplan Responds:

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Ken Kaplan and five voters join Chris Daggett's balloting lawsuit

By Lisa Fleisher
September 18, 2009, 4:45PM

TRENTON -- The Libertarian Party candidate for governor and five New Jersey voters joined independent candidate Chris Daggett in filing a lawsuit today challenging the state's balloting system, a Daggett spokesman said.

Daggett, who has qualified for public funding in the governor's race, charges it is unfair for the Republican and Democratic parties to automatically get the two top spots on ballots in the general election.

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Kaplan Chooses Lieutenant Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kenneth Kaplan announced today that he has chosen John Paff as his Lieutenant Governor. Paff has chaired the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project for the past 5 years. Praising his work in that capacity, Kaplan said, “Paff has served as a watchdog for New Jersey citizens, assuring that the workings of local government are properly recorded and made available for public scrutiny.  If we are elected, I will appoint him as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, where his expertise on local government will stand New Jersey residents in good stead. He will only draw one salary.  There will be no double dipping in a Kaplan administration.”

Paff is a 1979 graduate of Rutgers University, where he majored in economics. He was president of City Line Insurance, Inc from 1979 – 1988, and currently manages rental real estate.  A resident of Franklin Township for the past 23 years, he  has been a member of the Middlebush Volunteer Fire Department in Somerset for 17 years and has been president of that fire company since 2008.  He and his wife, Diane, are the parents of 2 children.

Said Kaplan, “I cannot be happier that John has agreed to be my running mate. I have admired his long time volunteer work on behalf of open government in our state, and I am excited about what he would be able to do as the head of the Department of Community Affairs.

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