Candidates and Elections

I am running as the NJLP candidate for State Senate from the 39th Legislative District, which covers most of Northern Bergen County. I’ve lived in this district for over thirty years. I know the people here. Some know me; a lot more will.

The 39th District has 167, 000 registered voters: 29% Republicans, 27% Democrats, 1% others. Most importantly 43%, over 72,000 voters, are unaffiliated. That’s my target audience. The politically homeless, who don’t identify with either Republicans or Democrats, but wind up not voting, or voting for the lesser of two evils, because they feel they have no other choice. Only 41% of eligible voters even voted in the District 39 Senate race in 2017.

In the November 2021 election the NJ Libertarian Party will be running candidates under the Libertarian Party banner. After lots of hard work circulating petitions the following candidates have made it onto the ballot.

  • Governor and Lieutenant Governor - Gregg Mele and Eveline Brownstein
  • NJ Assembly District 1 - Michael Gallo and Jacob Selwood
  • NJ Assembly District 4 - Nicholas Magner 
  • NJ Assembly District 18 - David Awad
  • NJ Senate District 39 - James Tosone
  • Ocean County Commissioner - Dan Valentine 
  • Ocean County Commissioner - Rob Canfield

Petitions for the following candidates is in progress.

  • Brick Township School Board - Michelle Pienkowski

Please provide whatever support you can to our candidates! State candidates can be supported via our State Fund.

If you are interested in running under our banner in 2022 contact the state board and fill out a questionnaire.

PETITION BASICS

All signers must be registered voters in New Jersey.

There are two ways to help a candidate get on the ballot:

  1. Sign an online petition via one of the links below. [Only sign for a candidate who's office covers where you live]
  2. Download, print and circulate a multi-signature petition. [Any New Jersey resident can circulate a multi-signature petition for any candidate, but only people who live in the district can sign for that office.  These must be notarized.]

We have a Guide To Petitioning posted on the NJLP website. I find the most useful approach to use is to state "Excuse me I'm trying to get a friend of mine on the ballot. Are you a registered voter?"

With the new year brings hope and optimism that Mr. Murphy's time in office will be coming to any end. The lockdown, a chaotic vaccine roll-out and massive debt have been the hallmark of his authoritatively poor leadership and lack of vision. 

A few weeks back I interviewed Greg Mele who is seeking the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Gubernatorial nomination. This month I sat with Eveline Brownstein who would like to be the Lieutenant Governor of the once proud Garden State. 

MG: Thank you Eve for taking the time to sit with me. I'd like you tell me a little about you background and how it prepared me for lieutenant governor:

EB: My qualifications to run for Lieutenant Governor are the same as the qualifications are the same as those for Governor.  Must be at least 30 years of age - I am.  Must be a citizen of the United States for at least 20 years - I was naturalized in 1994, so I have been.  Must be a resident of New Jersey for at least seven years - I have been living and working in New Jersey since 2008.

In the November 2019 election the NJ Libertarian Party will be running candidates under the Libertarian Party banner. The following candidates have been nominated to run for office under the Libertarian banner.

  • NJ State Assembly 37th District - Claudio Belusic
  • Ocean County Freeholder - Dan Valentine
  • Bound Brook Town Council - Tom Fitzpatrick
  • Bridgewater Mayor - Gregg Mele
  • Cherry Hill Town Council - Rich Bowen

Good luck to all! Please provide whatever support you can to our candidates!

In the November 2020 election the NJ Libertarian Party will be running candidates under the Libertarian Party banner. The following candidates have successfully made it onto the ballot for 2020.

Please provide whatever support you can to our candidates! Federal candidates can be supported via our Federal Fund, other candidates can be supported via our State Fund.

If you are interested in joining our candidates on the ballot in 2021 contact the state board and fill out a questionnaire.

In 2001, an appeals court ruled that New Jersey's practice of not allowing anyone to register to vote as anything other than Democrat, Republican, or Independent was unconstitutional. This was the result of a lawsuit brought by a coalition of political parties, including the NJ Libertarian Party.

Since then the number of registered libertarians has been steadily growing. The 2018 numbers show 11,040 registered Libertarians. This is a 32.9% growth from the prior year. This year we have grown once again to 8,309 registered Libertarians. We have 4.8 times as many registered libertarians now than we did 5 years ago,

It has been a very long time since anyone other than a Democrat or Republican was elected to Congress from New Jersey. In fact, it last happened 160 years ago! In 1858, Garnett B. Adrain, who had been elected in the 3rd District as a Democrat in 1856, ran as an Anti-Lecompton Democrat. Jetur R. Riggs ran with the same party identification and was elected in the 4th District. A major issue that year was the admission of Kansas territory to the union as a state. Congress needed to ratify the new constitution of the proposed state. One of the proposed constitutions, the Lecompton Constitution had these provisions in it concerning slavery:

ARTICLE VII.- SLAVERY.

The NJ Libertarian Party Nominates Tosone for Congress in NJ-5

Congressional Candidate Jim Tosone
with US Senate Candidate Murray Sabrin

Township of Washington, NJ, March 27, 2017 – Jim Tosone received the Libertarian Party’s nomination at the New Jersey LP Convention on March 24th, as their candidate for House of Representatives in New Jersey’s 5th congressional district.

Tosone is a lifelong resident of New Jersey. His wife and he have lived in Township of Washington, Bergen County, for 30 years. They have one daughter.

Tosone had a thirty-year career at a Fortune 50 healthcare company as a Director of Business Technology. He now consults with leading organizations to help them enhance their innovation, collaboration, and communication skills. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mathematics and Technology Management from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.

In the November 2018 election the NJ Libertarian Party will be running candidates under the Libertarian Party banner. The following candidates have been nominated to run for office under the Libertarian banner.

In the November 2017 election the NJ Libertarian Party will be running candidates under the Libertarian Party banner. The following candidates have been nominated to run for office under the Libertarian banner.

This past weekend, three of our candidates sat down at the Liberty Cafe studios for an interview about their campaigns.

Michael Chazukow for West Milford Town Council

In the November 2016 election the NJ Libertarian Party will be running candidates under the Libertarian Party banner. The following candidates have been nominated to run for office under the Libertarian banner.

Libertarian candidates Damien Caillault and Jeff HetrickLIVINGSTON, NJ – The League of Women Voters held a debate for candidates for the State Assembly in the 27th district last Wednesday, September 30th. Libertarian candidates offered refreshing fact-based solutions to economic concerns such as job creation, state budgeting and state pensions.

The Republican candidate promised to reach across the aisle, work hard and renegotiate pensions without mentioning any specifics. The Democratic incumbents, Assemblyman John McKeon of West Orange and Assemblywoman Mila Jasey of South Orange, were absent.

“If you re-elect these people you know what to expect,” said Damien Caillault, one of the Libertarian candidates. “They will spend more, tax more, fund new projects, and in a few years, they’ll come back for more.”