New Jersey Libertarian Party

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Candidates and Elections

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.


Kaplan Chooses Lieutenant Governor


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.

For more information contact the campaign.

NJ Jewish News Article on Ken Kaplan

At his desk in Parsippany, Kenneth Kaplan reviews talking points for his Libertarian Party campaign for governor.

At his desk in Parsippany, Kenneth Kaplan reviews talking points for his Libertarian Party campaign for governor.

Photo by Robert Wiener

Libertarian candidate’s fusion of Right and Left

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NJJN Staff Writer

Ask Kenneth Kaplan why he is the Libertarian Party’s candidate for governor of New Jersey and he’ll tell you he’s a “child of the ’60s” who “believes in individual liberties.”

In the category-defying case of the Libertarian Party, those range from doing away with most taxes and opposing gun control to approving same-sex marriage and legalizing the medical use of marijuana.

“Most Republicans and Democrats would say they believe in individual liberties, too, but they really don’t,” Kaplan said as he sat in his real estate office in Parsippany.

“They believe in bigger government that controls more and more of what we do, and I don’t believe in that. I believe in voluntary relationships between individuals rather than relationships imposed by the government.”

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Petitioning 101

The hardest part of petitioning is overcoming the self-consciousness about doing it. Once you decide to get started, the rest is easy.

What You'll Need

    1. A properly filled out petition. Get the name(s) of the candidates right. On the "party or party principle" line, put "Libertarian Party."
    2. A ball-point pen. The ideal one that will write easily on non-horizontal surfaces, such as a Papermate Power Point. But a trusty Bic is okay.
    3. A clipboard.

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    Ken Kaplan Nominated for Governor


    New Jersey Libertarian Party

    NJ Libertarian Party Nominates Kenny Kaplan for Governor

    New Brunswick, NJ - On Sunday, the NJ Libertarian Party State Committee unanimously selected Kenneth Kaplan to be the party’s candidate for Governor. Born in Newark, the 61 year old Kaplan grew up in West Orange but currently resides in Parsippany. He is a graduate from Brandeis University and NYU Law School. For twenty-two years, he was associated with the Archie Schwartz Company but currently serves as President of KenKap Realty Corp., a company he founded after a six year term at Edgerton Realty.

    As Governor, Kaplan’s priorities are to phase out the state income tax and reduce the size and cost of government. Addressing affordable housing is one way he plans to solve this problem. Kaplan offers a creative solution to the decade’s long quest to create affordable housing in New Jersey.  He wants the state to enact legislation to supersede local zoning ordinances, removing zoning barriers.

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    Start Your 2009 Campaign Today!

    When one election is over, the next one has already begun.  Operation ELECT-US is a program by the Libertarian Party to recruit as many candidates as possible for winnable local offices in 2009.

    In odd numbered years, most elections are local and quite a few of them take place in the spring.  For example, filing deadlines for local elections have already begun in Maryland, and take place in Illinois in December.

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    Register as a Libertarian

    If you are already registered to vote, but have not declared a party, download this form. Fill it out and mail or deliver it to your county board of elections.They do not accept faxed copies!

    Additional information on declaring your Party affiliation can be found here. Information on registering to vote can be found here.


    Commissioner of Registration
    1333 Atlantic Avenue, 4th Floor
    Atlantic City, NJ 08401


    Board of Elections
    PO Box 352
    Woodbury, NJ 08096


    Board of Elections
    129 Hooper Avenue
    PO Box 2006
    Toms River, NJ 08754-2006


    Commissioner of Registration
    One Bergen County Plaza
    Room 380
    Hackensack, NJ 07601


    Board of Elections
    Hudson County Plaza
    257 Cornelison Avenue, 4th Floor
    Jersey City, NJ 07302


    Commissioner of Registration
    501 River Street, Suite 1
    Paterson, NJ 07524


    Board of Elections
    49 Rancocas Road
    Room G-22, P.O. Box 6000
    Mount Holly, NJ 08060


    Board of Elections
    Permanent Registration Office
    P.O. Box 2900
    Flemington, NJ 08822


    Board of Elections
    Fifth Street Complex
    110 Fifth St, Suite 1000
    Salem, NJ 08079


    Board of Elections
    Camden County Elections and Archive Center
    100 University Court
    Blackwood, NJ 08012


    Board of Elections
    640 S. Broad Street
    PO Box 8068
    Trenton, NJ 08650


    Board of Elections
    Administration Building
    20 Grove Street
    P.O. Box 3000
    Somerville, NJ 08876-1262

    Cape May

    Board of Elections
    10-12 Mechanic Street
    P.O. Box 5000
    Cape May Courthouse, NJ 08210


    Board of Elections
    Bldg. 3A, 3rd Floor,
    71 Main Street
    P.O. Box 2900
    Flemington, NJ 08822-9952


    Board of Elections
    83 Spring Street
    Suite 305

    Newton, NJ 07860-2080


    Board of Elections
    555 Shiloh Pike
    Bridgeton, NJ 08302


    Board of Elections
    300 Halls Mill Road
    Freehold, NJ 07728


    Board of Elections
    271 North Broad Street
    Elizabeth, NJ 07208


    Board of Elections
    Hall of Records
    465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
    Fourth Floor, Room 411
    Newark, NJ 07102


    Board of Elections
    PO Box 900
    Morristown, NJ 07963-0900


    Commissioner of Registration
    Cummins Building
    202 Mansfield Street
    Belvidere, NJ 07823