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.
Marijuana legalization within in the state of New Jersey has small-town statist politicians enacting a loop hole that pushes and continues their prohibitionist agenda. Last year’s November election demonstrated that 67% of the Garden State’s residents supported legalization. It is now lawful for a person to carry up to an ounce of marijuana, recreational use may be consumed in a private residence as well as there are a few other permitted provisions within the latest bill. The legalization of this plant has made politicians with a personal interventionalist slant very unhappy.
Those anti-liberty elected officials are using local town ordinances to stifle the cultivation and distribution of this plant. The state has given the local municipalities the decision to vote for or against growing and selling cannabis. If the local body votes this option down, they will close a 5-year window preventing any grower or distributor from operating within the given township. Governing bodies do have the ability to review and re-vote during the 5-year period with the option of overturning any previous vote.
In the November 2022 election the NJ Libertarian Party will be running candidates under the Libertarian Party banner.
- Congress District 1 - Isaiah Fletcher
- Congress District 2 - Mike Gallo
- Congress District 3 - Christopher Russomanno
- Congress District 4 - Jason Cullen
- Congress District 5 - Jeremy Marcus
- Congress District 6 - Tara Fisher
- Congress District 8 - Dan Delaney
- Congress District 9 - Sean Armstrong
- Congress District 10 - Kendal Ludden
- Congress District 11 - Joseph Biasco
- Congress District 12 - Lynn Genrich
- Branchburg Town Committee - Tara Murphy and Jason MacDuffie
Please provide whatever support you can to our candidates! Congressional candidates can be supported via our Federal Fund.
If you are interested in running under our banner in 2023 contact the state board and fill out a questionnaire.
Download, print and circulate a petition. Any New Jersey resident can circulate a petition for any candidate, but only people who live in the district can sign for that office.
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.
- Register to vote / check your voter registration status
- Submit a Candidate Questionnaire
- This is the anchor stone for your approval process. This document will be reviewed by the State and Local Parties, and they will use this document to aid you as you move forward with your nomination and your candidacy.
- Submit your Questionnaire HERE
- Become a NJLP Member / Confirm your membership is up to date.
- In order to be approved by the NJLP, and be listed as one of our candidates, you must be approved at the state convention. Our regional parties can pre-approve candidates who's district falls entirely inside their reigon, but any office which bridges two or more must be approved by the general membership at the State Convention. Even pre-approved candidates on a Regions 'Slate' must recieve final approval at the State Convention.
- IF YOU ARE NOT A DUES PAYING MEMBER, YOU WILL NOT BE APPROVED, AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO VOTE AT THE CONVENTION.
- Contact the State Chair and the Leadership of your local party.
- Prepare your Candidacy.
- Assume you will get the nomination and start TODAY with getting your team together, making plans, defining your platform and raising money.
- Visit https://www.elec.state.nj.us/ for information on registering your campaign and your bank account with the State. You only need to register if you plan on spending a certain minimum amount of money during a campaign. This process is beyond the scope of this guide, but your local leadership can help you with this process.
- Visit https://lpaction.org/candidates/ for an excellent tool kit maintained by the National Libertarian Party. How to raise funds, organize Get out the Vote [GOTV] efforts, the works.
Once you are through this relatively short list of steps, you are off to the races. Make sure you attend the convention to stand for your nomination, and start to focus on winning your seat. It's a long road ahead, but you and do it.
We recently polled the members of the NJ Libertarian State Board on the ballot questions. Here are our thoughts.
Question 1: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA
Do you approve amending the Constitution to legalize a controlled form of marijuana called “cannabis”?
Only adults at least 21 years of age could use cannabis. The State commission created to oversee the State’s medical cannabis program would also oversee the new, personal use cannabis market.
Cannabis products would be subject to the State sales tax. If authorized by the Legislature, a municipality may pass a local ordinance to charge a local tax on cannabis products.
Approaching the fear of a quantifiable threat while pursuing life, liberty and happiness.
COVID-19 is real and social distancing is the right idea, authoritarianism is not.
We, as a society, need to slow down, reflect and understand the harm we are creating which can, and will, be just as bad for society as a whole. This may ruffle feathers and hurt some feelings, but it hits at the core of the unintended consequence of government force. It is for this exact moment in time that I, and millions of liberty minded individuals across the country, are constantly relentless about even the smallest of human rights infringements.
New to Homeschooling? Libertarians are Here to Help!
Given the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 Pandemic, New Jersey parents have been unexpectedly thrust into the role of homeschool teachers. While this is a daunting, if not terrifying prospect for many parents we at the New Jersey Libertarian Party want to provide you with information and tips for how to make it through the next few months. The Libertarian Party and all of its state affiliates have championed alternative school methods, like home schooling, since the founding of our movement. We’ve learned a few things along the way while supporting alternative schooling and are offering our assistance to our fellow New Jersians as our state navigates this shift to schooling from home.
What we have done is looked for some tips from those of us who have actually experienced Home Schooling firsthand. We also collected useful tips for you from folks who successfully homeschool, and dug up various online resources to aid you. We also contacted Liam Lieberman, an independent business owner, film instructor and FEE alumni. Liam grew up in a homeschool environment and was able to give some suggestions to parents who are now dealing with this transition. Hopefully these resources prove useful.
On March 3rd, 1882 Charles Ponzi, the creator of our modern Social Security system was born. The Ponzi Scheme is now used to describe any scam that pays early investors returns from the investments of later investors. In 1935, the U.S. government took Ponzi's ideas and added into it the concept of force.
A primary trait of Ponzi schemes is that eventually the number of investors collecting money outnumber the number of investors paying into the system. The result is normally a collapse of the system or extremely negative returns on investment.
Due to a combination of factors that include large numbers of people reaching retirement age and drastically lower fertility rates the pyramid scheme is on the verge of collapse. In 1941 there were 41.9 covered workers per beneficiary. Today it is less than 3 workers per beneficiary and is expected to drop to below 2.1 by 2040.
This is not the first time that the Social Security scam has been in trouble. The Social Security scam has been held together so far by forced coercion and continuously increasing premiums. Original investors were forced to pay only 2% of their income, current investors pay 12.4% of their income.
Lysander Spooner is an important – and not exactly obscure – figure in the history of the liberty movement. He’s an idiosyncratic figure from the 19th century with no small cheerleading section in the 21st century. A bit of a throwback to a very different time, Spooner was a champion of the labor movement and was even a member of the First International at a time when socialists and anarchists coexisted peacefully within that movement.
Perhaps one of the most interesting things about Spooner is that he ran a private company in direct competition with the United States Post Office. This endeavor predictably failed not because the American Letter Mail Company couldn’t compete, but because Spooner was hamstrung by lawfare.
Spooner was born in Athol, MA, in 1808, a descendant of Mayflower pilgrims and the second of nine children. His career as a lawyer set the template for the rest of his life’s work: Spooner had studied under a number of prominent lawyers (a practice known as “reading law,” which was much more common at the time). However, he did not have a degree and state law required that he study further under a lawyer. He considered this legal discimination and went ahead and started practicing law anyway.
In 1836, the state legislature got rid of the requirement. Indeed, Spooner was against any legal requirement for licensure of any profession, something that would come up again later on in his battle against the United States Post Office. This was part of Spooner’s belief in a natural law, whereby any act of coercion was ipso facto illegal.
I am writing today with exciting news, and hoping for your help. As a student at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, I am organizing a trip with about a dozen other students to work with migrants and asylum seekers at the U.S. Mexico border. The Libertarian Party has always been a leader in supporting the free movement of people, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to get these principles on the ground in March 2020.
Supporters of one of the two old tired political parties often screech that if you don't vote for their candidate that your vote is wasted. This is a fallacy. In fact voting for the underdog often has more of an impact.
In the 2019 presidential election in New Jersey there was a 540K vote difference between the two. If you had chosen to vote for one of the two corrupt parties your vote would have changed that by 0.00018%. If you were to vote democrat it would have changed their total by 0.0000046%. If you were to vote republican it would have changed their total by 0.0000062%