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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.

Paul Clements: The Briton 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

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.

Read the full article HERE.

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.

detroit.jpgThis 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 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."

By ELAINE ROSE Press of Atlantic City Staff Writer

A central New Jersey man has filed suit against 17 Atlantic County towns in an effort to make the workings of municipal governments more open to the public. John Paff, of Somerset, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project, filed his suit Friday, claiming 17 of the 23 municipalities in Atlantic County did not adequately respond to his requests for minutes from closed-session meetings.


Ron Paul's Campaign For Liberty Counter Rally, just a couple of miles from the convention of the party of big government, has sold 10,320 tickets and has given away another 1000 tickets at the door. Each ticket sold for the price of $17.76.

In this video Ron Paul talks about the rally and praises Libertarian presidential candidate, Bob Barr.

The Institute for Liberal Studies put together their eighth annual Liberty Summer Seminar this past weekend. The below video was put together by our friends at Bureaucrash.

Under New Jersey's new law, possession of BB gun merits three-year sentence

CENTRAL JERSEY —Caught speeding in Highland Park in April in his father's Acura RSX, Ryan Narciso found out the hard way about a recent change in a New Jersey gun law that could send him to prison for three years.

The 20-year-old sales clerk at a shop at Menlo Park Mall and former Middlesex County College student had a pellet handgun in the car, according to an indictment filed last week in Superior Court, New Brunswick.

Read the full article HERE.

Only in NJ is a BB gun classified as a firearm. According to NJ State law a firearm can be defined as:

It shall also include, without limitation, any firearm which is in the nature of an air gun, spring gun or pistol or other weapon of a similar nature in which the propelling force is a spring, elastic band, carbon dioxide, compressed or other gas, or vapor, air or compressed air, or is ignited by compressed air, and ejecting a bullet or missile smaller than three-eighths of an inch in diameter, with sufficient force to injure a person.

njlphq.gifAtlantic City Boardwalk to serve as first statewide office 

Trenton, NJ – The New Jersey Libertarian Party signed a lease this past week securing space right on the Atlantic City Boardwalk to serve as its campaign headquarters. It is the first of many offices anticipated to open around the state, to help coordinate campaign activities in what is anticipated to be a very active and aggressive campaign season according to Lou Jasikoff, Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party.

The NJLP Summer Picnic and General Membership Meeting has been set for Saturday July 19th starting at 1:00 PM at the Flynn’s home in Morganville (Marlboro Township). The general membership meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:30 PM and the picnic will follow.

This will be your first chance to hear about the exciting developments in the Jason Scheurer for Senate campaign plus the Bob Barr/Wayne Allyn Root national effort from our very busy State Chair Lou Jasikoff. A key activity at the picnic will be collecting and processing petitions for Barr/Root from NJLP petitioners with appropriate recognition and awards for all contributors.

Please bring: Your own meat plus one dish to share. Gas grill and tubs of ice with cold soft drinks will be provided along with snacks and picnic utensils. Extra lawn chairs would help.

I have just spent the first full day at our new Atlantic City office at South Sovereign and Boardwalk, between the Hilton and Tropicana and must tell you all that I am very excited about the amount of traffic we have. Dozens of people stopped in to talk with us. Some of them were wondering what the Libertarian Party was, others already knew about us and were amazed to see us in public. More than a few of the stop-ins were from Party members from other states as well as college students from Rutgers, Temple, University of Maryland, University of Delaware, John Hopkins, and others. These party faithful were ecstatic to see us out and getting active. Dozens more people stopped to stare in wonder that we really existed as a political party! I can't count how many people walked by, looked at our beautiful sign, and continued on their way while discussing the Libertarian Party and the Bob Barr Presidential campaign.

Jason Scheurer , our Senate candidate, and Lou Jasikoff, our party chairman, will be taping for WPHL -TV July 19th for a half hour show. The topic will be the NJ Libertarian Party. More details wil be released as they become available.