Recently a reporter contacted me to ask what President Obama's top priorities should be. I, being lazy and not having time to answer myself, passed the question on to several NJ Libertarian activists. Below is a sample of the responses I received:
NEPTUNE — The one-year ban on the use of eminent domain on most properties in the township approved Monday by the Township Committee may be extended to a permanent ban by spring.
Committeeman Randy Bishop asked that an ordinance banning abuse of the practice be discussed at the next committee meeting, set for Jan. 26. Bishop has tried to get the ordinance approved for the past two years, but could not get the necessary three votes.
Looking back at 2008 the NJ Libertarian Party had many notable achievements.
The number of registered Libertarians in NJ grew by 61%. See NJ Libertarians Pass Greens as NJ's 3rd Biggest Party. This growth can probably be most attributed to the success of Ron Paul's campaign and his libertarian message.
NJ Open Government Taskforce takes on a record number of cases. Buena Vista, Edison, Elmer, Hoboken, Interlaken Borough, Lawnside, Long Hills School Board, Manasquan Township, Middletown, Mount Arlington, NJ Division of Law, Penns Grove, Roselle Borough, Sparta Board of Education, Upper Freehold Board of Education, Washington Borough, Watchung Borough, White Township and many other towns were taken to task on their lack of openness.
Loitering and other "preempted" ordinances challenged in Belmar, Butler, Delran, Edgewater Park, Elmer, Lyndhurst, Manasquan, Millstone, Mount Olive, Newton, Ramsey, and West Milford Township. Most of these were successful. See the NJ Loitering Page for a summary.
Sent 14 delegates to the National Libertarian Convention in Denver to represent New Jersey.
Held a unique dual state convention with Pennsylvania that among other things featured a presidential debate of nine candidates.
We opened our first statewide office in 30 years on the Atlantic City boardwalk.
Jason Scheurer, our Senate candidate, campaigned throughout the state. Some of the locations where events were held included Atlantic City, Clark, Freehold, Montclair, Morganville, New Brunswick, Philadelphia, Sayreville, Sparta, Trenton, Westville, and Whippany.
We hosted the first ever Presidential simulcast. Bob Barr was here in New Jersey while Wayne Allen Root was in Denver. We broadcast both locations over the internet.
See our newsletters and our website for more of our accomplishments in 2008.
We could not have accomplished this work without the help of our many donors, members, and volunteers. If you are not already a member, please consider joining the party as a member. Your membership will help us to continue the fight for freedom in New Jersey.
One of the privileges of being Chair for the NJLP over the past year has been the opportunity to meet and become friends with some very interesting individuals. Not only was I in the middle of New Jersey Libertarian politics with the Jason Scheurer for U.S. Senate campaign , but I also became very involved at the national level with the Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root campaign. I wish to share one message I received from Wayne (see The Road Ahead), because it mirrors my view on the 2008 election.
Today the NJ Health and Senior Services Committee voted to move S119 out of committee. The vote was 6 to 1 (there were two abstentions). The bill now moves to a vote before the state Senate. There was overwhelming testimony from many patients who described how marijuana has helped them. You can listen to the testimony below. Testimony for S119 starts about 1/4 of the way in (37 minutes).
US Senator Frank Lautenberg sure loves his Ponzi schemes.
It is being reported that he is among the victims of a Ponzi Scheme, having invested $14 million of his families charitable foundation with the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Madoff was arrested Thursday in a scheme to bilk investors. Maldoff had donated $13,600 to Lautenberg's 2008 reelection campaign.
It is ironic that Lautenberg refuses to accept any reform of the Social Security federal Ponzi Scheme. When asked by NJ Network newsman, Michael Aron, whether or not having American's decide for themselves where to invest their money, Lautenberg responded "the role of government is to not allow people to make financial mistakes."
According to the Social Security Administration's own projections , the federal Ponzi Scheme will begin to unravel in 2019 when expenses will be greater than income. They estimate that in 2041 the Social Security trust fund will be exhausted, leaving only taxed income to pay benefits.
Read the full article HERE.
By Philip Sherwell in New York
A Briton who has lived and worked legally in America for 35 years, married a US citizen and raised three children <here>, has been locked up in a New Jersey jail after falling victim to a draconian immigration crackdown prompted by the Sept 11 2001 terror attacks.
Paul Clements, 58, a permanent US resident and former tour manager for bands such as the Rolling Stones and Dire Straits, is threatened with expulsion from his adopted homeland after his passport and green card were confiscated following a work trip abroad.
Students For Liberty is proud to announce that their Second Annual International Students For Liberty Conference will be held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. from February 20-22, 2009. This conference is the successor to the inaugural 2008 Students for Liberty Conference held at Columbia University this past February, which drew 100 students from 42 schools and 2 countries together to discuss how to promote liberty on campus and hear from leaders in the cause of liberty today. This year, they anticipate an even larger group of students to attend from a greater diversity of countries.
The NJ Libertarian Party is gathering donors to provide a stipend of $150 per college students who are NJ residents to help cover expenses. Details on this stipend will be forthcoming.
This week, the main buzz is sure to be about possibly bailing-out the automotive industries in Detroit, known as the "Big Three." The Big Three consist of the three major automotive manufacturers: Ford, General Motors and Chrysler.
Politicians looking to appease their nervous constituency, interest groups (both from the United Auto Workers and those representing Big Automotive) looking for a handout and know-nothing political pundits looking for a juicy story will all tell you this is necessary for the economic well being of the nation.
Tune in this Friday! From John Stossel:
This Friday (10 p.m. ET), I get the entire "20/20" hour for a special: John Stossel's Politically Incorrect Guide to Politics
There's tremendous excitement about this year's election. People say that their candidate will fix America. Barack Obama inspires idol worship that's usually lavished on rock stars. At the Republican convention, one man told me John McCain was like Superman.
George Mason University economist and author Russell Roberts, who blogs at the always interesting Cafe Hayek, sat down with reason.tv to talk about the nation's shakey economy and the government's bailout plan. Watch this six-minute interview to learn where the problems came from, why the bailout won't address them, and what sort of hurt we're in for over the next several weeks, months, and years. "The real cost of this," warns Roberts, "is that we have said to people, 'Risk taking is not as risky as it used to be.' That's a mistake. It's a horrible mistake and it will lead to a lower standard of living down the road because investment will be more cavalier and less prudent."