Candidates and Elections
Petitioning for our candidates has begun! If you would like to help please contact me and I will get you a petition.
In the November 2013 elections eight candidates so far are looking to be on the ballot in the state of New Jersey under the Libertarian Party banner.
- Ken Kaplan of Parsippany for NJ Governor
- Don DeZarn of East Windsor for NJ State Senate
- Sean O'Connor of Hamilton for NJ State Assembly (14th District) and
- Steve Uccio of East Windsor for NJ State Assembly (14th District)
- Patrick McKnight of Hillsborough for NJ State Assembly (16th District)
- James Gawron of Flanders for NJ State Assembly (24th District)
- Mick Erickson of West Orange for NJ State Assembly (27th District)
- Patrick Todd for Hopewell Borough Town Council
Question one authorizes the state to take on additional debt for the purpose of upgrading our state colleges. Let us not forget the recent state college spending scandals.
In 2007 State Senator Wayne Bryant was indicted for a kickback scheme involving the state University of Medicine and Dentistry. In exchange for taxpayer funds Bryant was given a no-show job with the University. R. Michael Gallagher, the former dean was convicted of bribery. A 2007 study characterized the NJ public college and university system as lacking "meaningful and effective oversight, accountability and transparency" which "renders the system eminently vulnerable" to waste, fraud, and abuse of the public trust. Nothing has substantially changed since then.
A May 2012 report has found that Rutgers Football runs the largest money losing program in the nation. The Rutgers Football program costs each student an average of $1,000 each.
New Jersey debt burden is the fifth highest in the nation. I urge you to vote No on Question One.
Question two amends the NJ State Constitution to require judges to pay more towards their pensions and healthcare. In 2011 a pension reform law was passed that increased the contribution state employees must make towards their pension. A court decision challenged this for some judges because it amounted to a salary decrease which is not allowed by our constitution to avoid retribution for decisions judges may make. This question amends the constitution to allow for changes to benefit contributions for judges and justices. I recommend voting Yes on Question Two.
7-11 is running a Coffee Cup poll of presidential candidates. However they only allow the choice of Obama or Romney.
Next they will stop selling all soda's except Coke and Pepsi. They wll sell only two flavors of coffee - regular and decaf. Consumer choice is limited in their decision.
I'm going elsewhere for my coffee.
Sponsors of the upcoming snoozefests have been under pressure not to support the debates unless Gary Johnson and Jill Stein are invited to participate. As a result Phillips Electronics, Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) New York, and YWCA have decided to drop their sponsorships of the debates.
As a nonpartisan organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all, we have decided to withdraw our sponsorship effective immediately.
- Dara Richardson-Heron, M.D., CEO YWCA
We still have petitioning to do to get Gary Johnson on the ballot!
Petitions are posted at http://njlp.org/uploads/petitions
A guide to petitioning is posted here.
Gary has downladable flyers available at his website.
We have turned in petitions containing over 1,300 signatures putting Gary Johnson (and his 14 electors) on the New Jersey ballot. Many thanks go out to the petitioners who pulled this all together!
In the November 2012 elections seven candidates will be on the ballot in the state of New Jersey under the Libertarian Party banner.
- Gary Johnson, President of the United States
- Judge Jim Gray, Vice-President of the United States
- Ken Kaplan of Parsippany, U.S. Senate
- John Ordille of Northfield, 2nd District, U.S. Congress
- Len Flynn of Morganville, 6th District, U.S. Congress
- Patrick McKnight of Hillsborough, 7th District, U.S. Congress
- Mick Erickson, 10th District, U.S. Congress
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:
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
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.”
The Texas Harris County Libertarians hosted a debate among three of the potential Libertarian Party Presidential nominees. Present was Roger Gary, R. J. Harris, and R. Lee Wrights.