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NJ Weedman Retrial - NOT GUILTY!

weedmobil_david_goliathToday a jury in Burlington Country has found Ed Forchion - aka NJ Weedman not guilty of distribution of marijuana. A full story can be found at Philly Burbs.

Last night Ed Forchion was interviewed on Free Talk Live.

“I don’t use it the way the state says. To me, it’s medicine, it’s food,” Forchion said, noting for the jury that he had been eating pot-laced cookies throughout the trial. “I feel I’m the victim of a flawed law.”

His first trial ended in a hung jury. Mr. Forchion, suffers from cancer and uses marijuana to ease his suffering.

Birthplace of the NJLP

The birth place of the NJLP was at my house on one hot summer night location 26 Essex Street Irvington, N.J. I believe I was the first organizer/founder of the NJLP. The story goes.....

Once upon a time in 1969 I met Kathy Greene at a YAF meeting at Monmouth college.She was in a group called New Jersey Libertarian Alliance. Her boyyfriend at the time and future husband was Ralph Fucetola. Through both of them I met a lot of Libertarians. Some of them called themselves Radical Libertarian Alliance. The word radical was hip back then.

One day I was at the home of Don Meinhausen and he had two big boxes of political literature. One was right wing the other left wing. For those who know Don he loved to travel in both groups seeking converts.He told me of a group trying to form a Libertarian Party. I contacted the Nolans. They sent me a list of Reason subscribers. I mailed out using my stamps and envelopes about the meeting of the first Libertarian Party in New Jersey. I also got the name of Bob Steiner. I called him and he with others helped me organize the meeting.

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On This Day In History

tanstaflOn October 6th, 1972 - forty years ago today - the NJ Libertarian Party was started. A party constitution was adapted and Bob Steiner was elected the first state Chairperson. Peter Cooper was elected Vice-Chairperson, Joe Salerno was elected Treasurer, Denise Cooper was elected as Recording Secretary, and Lydia Longinotti was elected as Executive Secretary.

Dues were set at $7.50 per year which included a subscription to the PREMISE Newsletter. The first newsletter was produced in November of 1972. The party adopted the Libersign (arrow angling upward) and TANSTAAFL slogan (There ain't no such thing as a free lunch) over an outline of the state of NJ as the party's emblem.

Our first convention was held in February of 1973, during which John Goodson was nominated as our first candidate for NJ Governor.

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National Debt hits $16,000,000,000,000!

Yesterday the national debt has exceeded $16 Trillion! The debt is now at 104% of GDP - the highest it has ever been in fifty years. 65% of the debt has been accumulated during the Bush-Obama presidency.


There are few solutions at this point that the public would be willing to swallow. Politicians must consider the following:

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2012 NJ Libertarian Annual Summer Picnic and General Meeting

The NJ Libertarian Party annual picnic will be held on August 25th at the chair's house, 8 Arneytown-Hornerstown Road in Cream Ridge, New Jersey.

The Party's Business Meeting will start at from 2:00 PM and the picnic will follow.

Come hang out with fellow freedom lovers and meet our 2012 Candidates for Office. We are looking at broadcasting speeches from Paulfest at our picnic. RSVP (optional) here.

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Occupy the Hood New Jersey: Justice March

NOTE: The date has been moved by the organizers! Date has been corrected below.

Join Occupy the Hood on September 14th-17th in a March for Justice. The New Jersey Libertarian Party fully supports the efforts of this march and will proudly march along side the organizers.

The 2010 census found that the United States leads the world with 7.1 million adults under the supervision of various correctional authorities. 4.89 million of them are under some sort of probation and 2.27 million are being held behind bars.

As of January 2012, New Jersey holds nearly 24,000 adults in correctional facilities including prisons and half-way houses. Of those 61% of them are black.

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Steven Ettinger was arrested at the Asbury Boardwalk Civil Disobedience Swimsuit Party

ettingerSo on Saturday I headed up to the Asbury Park Civil Disobedience Swimsuit Party, which ended up being a celebration as the 1958 ordinance was repealed a few days prior to the event.  It seems that the City Council may not have wanted the press that comes with a scantily clad protest.

The ordinance said: “No person clad in bathing attire shall be on the boardwalk or the public walks adjacent thereto.”

Since that changed, most of us expected no one would be arrested.  It seemed we were wrong.

Steven Ettinger has a hearing to decided whether charges will be pressed. The hearing is July 27th, 2012, at 10 am at the Asbury Park Court.  Steve has created a chipin asking for donations as he has a 9 hour trip (round trip) to get to the court.  He may need even more if he is charged as he may be looking at a $1,000 fine.


Read the full story on the Sussex County Angel blog...

Appeals Court reverses Somerville Zoning Board's "misguided" denial

Frank Colandrea, owner of Viamare LLC will finally get to establish a pizzeria and Chinese restaurant at 131 N. Gaston Avenue. Thus says the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court in a decision issued today, July 5, 2012.

According to the opinion, Viamare applied to the Zoning Board in 2005 to rehabilitate a dilapidated motor vehicle service station into a "commercial/retail building." That application, after five public hearings, was approved on August 16, 2006. In late 2008 or early 2009, Viamare went back to the Borough for permission to put a pizzeria and Chinese take-out restaurant in the rehabilitated building but was denied by Zoning Official Frank Vuoso who held that a parking space variance was required.

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Asbury Park Civil Disobedience Swimsuit Party

asburySwimsuit-smallIn Asbury Park there is a decades old law banning bathing suits.

"No person clad in bathing attire shall be on the boardwalk or the public walks adjacent thereto, ..."

The chairwoman of the local Asbury Park Republican Party, Louise Murray, is offended by the way people dress and is willing to use force to have people cover up. She wants the law enforced.

In light of Murray's inclination to have the police use threats of violence, fines, and caging on peaceful people, a Swimsuit Party has been planned for July 14th on Ocean Avenue in Asbury Park. The current schedule of events are:

12:00 PM Press Conference
12:30 PM Live Music
1:00 PM Catwalk Swimsuit Fashion Show (anyone can participate)
2:00 PM Live Music and Dancing

The organizers have a Twitter feed and a facebook event page.

Rand Paul Betrays His Father’s Principles, Endorses Mitt Romney

Why Ron Paul Supporters Need the Libertarian Party

When Dr. Rand Paul ran for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, many of his fund-raising appeals were sent to the donors and supporters of his father, Congressman Ron Paul. They were designed to convince Ron’s supporters that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. That Rand was, like his legendary father, a steadfast champion of liberty.

But no true libertarian, no true friend of liberty, and no true blue Tea Partier could possibly even consider, much less actually endorse or approve of, the Father of Obamacare, Big Government tax and spender, Republican Mitt Romney.

Especially the son of Ron Paul, who has no excuse.

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Urgent Action Required Today

From Jack Fiamingo, our friend from the NJ Second Amendment Society:

We are working in conjunction with the ANJRPC and other New Jersey RKBA groups to spread the word about this legislation. Please send, emails and faxes and make phone calls to all the members of the NJ Assembly LAW & PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE *TODAY*. Please attend the hearing tomorrow if possible. Please understand. This bill does *ABSOLUTELY* NOTHING to improve the safety of our schools. It is just one more slide down the slippery slope towards further intrusive gun-owner control.

Executive Director of the ANJRPC Scott Bach just shared this information with us. It is important to act on this *IN FORCE* and as quickly as possible.

Dedicated to responsible firearms ownership and use since 1934

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Top 10 Reasons to get out of Yugoslavia

In 1999, Harry Browne penned the following article. Harry was the LP candidate for President in 1996 and in 2000. Sadly, Harry left us in 1996. His words from 1999 are still true today and apply to all of our recent interventions in the affairs of other nations. This memorial day, let us remember those who have been sacrificed by our government and avoid glorifying war. More of Harry's writings can be found at

Top 10 reasons to get the U.S. out of Yugoslavia

by Harry Browne
May 3, 1999

10. You can’t save innocent people by bombing innocent people. If that seems to be the only way to solve a problem, you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time.

9. The man in the White House leading the fight against the Serbs is well known to be a congenital liar. Why in the world would we fight and die based on his version of the facts?

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Repeal of Legal Kidnappings Fails

Last week representatives Adam Smith (D-WA) and Justin Amash (R-MI) proposed amending HR-4310, (National Defense Authorization Act) to end indefinite detention of terrorism suspects and require due process for those suspected of crimes. The amendment would have ensured that the following due process rules are followed.

  • Military detention. Prohibits transfer to military custody for detention of any person seized or detained in the United States under the Legislation.
  • Military trials. Prohibits military trial of any person detained in the United States under the legislation.

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Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Unanimously Clears Assembly Committee

On Monday a bill to decriminalize possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana unanimously passed a NJ Assembly Committee. Among those to testify was Mick Erickson, our Libertarian Candidate for Congress in the 10th district.

From our friends at the Marijuana Policy Project:

In exciting news, a New Jersey Assembly Committee voted 7-0 yesterday to approve Assembly Bill 1465, a bill that would reduce penalties for marijuana possession. The full Assembly will vote on this sensible bill on Thursday.

Please click here to contact your assemblymembers in support of this proposal today!

Assembly Bill 1465 would make possession of one-half ounce, or 15 grams, of marijuana a summary offense similar to a parking ticket. Currently, those caught with small amounts of marijuana face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.