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More than a quarter of Branchburg voters said YES to term limits, putting residents first and said no to a tax increase in Tuesday’s election.  A vote for Tara Murphy and Jason MacDuffie was a declaration of independence from the GOP monopoly.  These votes came from a broad coalition of third party voters, Democrats, unaffiliated and even a few Republicans.  This bipartisan support in our historic run came from talking to people about the issues they care about.  We’ve demonstrated the viability of Libertarian candidates.  

Update September 26, 2022 - the Runnemede Borough attorney has agreed that their Disorderly Persons Ordinance should be repealed. Below is the initial letter and the borough attorney's response. For more information on this subject see Loitering Ordinances - Invalid in New Jersey.


From: John Paff
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2022 4:30 PM
Subject: Runnemede Police Department's enforcement of a preempted ordinance.

Dear Mayor Kappatos and Members of the Borough Council:

I write, both individually and in my capacity as Chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Preempted Ordinance Repeal Project to request the Mayor and Council ask Borough Solicitor Daniel H. Long to review Borough Code § 265-5 and render an opinion on whether or not it is preempted by the New Jersey Criminal Code.

New Jersey Libertarian Party

NJLP.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

CD 9 Republican Candidate Billy Prempeh and Libertarian Candidate Sean Armstrong Agree to Debate but Need the Democratic Candidate William Pascrell to Join Them

New Jersey—August 12th, 2022—The residents of the newly formed 9th New Jersey Congressional District have a choice between three candidates. Many are new to this re-drawn district and may not be familiar with any of these candidates or even their sitting congressman. To help them learn about the choices they may have, two of the candidates are calling for public debates to help residents familiarize themselves with these three choices.

New Jersey Libertarian Party

NJLP.org

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NJLP Statement on the FBI’s Authoritarian Activities

New Jersey – August 10, 2022

On August 8, 2022, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Many on the left, who previously spent years decrying law enforcement as corrupt and calling to defund the police, are celebrating this raid and denying the possibility of FBI corruption. Conversely, those on the right who have spent years curtailing civil liberties, bolstering law enforcement’s powers, and defending police as they terrorized communities, see this raid as political persecution.

We invited about a thousand of former NJLP members to the summer picnic. About 7% responded. A handful may be making their way to the event. Guys, welcome back!

Along the way, we polled them on their presidential preferences.

No candidate won a majority, but Justin Amash dominated with clear plurality, about 40%.

Among the rest of the candidates, Spike Cohen, Dave Smith and Trump tied for a second spot with 14% each.

New Jersey Libertarian Party

NJLP.org

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NJLP Statement on Murphy’s Gun Control 3.0 Package

New Jersey – July 4, 2022:

In a state where respect for gun laws is akin to Nazi Germany, Governor Phil Murphy has even further violated and restricted your right to individual sovereignty. The latest “Gun Control Package 3.0” (because 1.0 and 2.0 did not work), is uncategorically the worst legislation in the country.

We all know that Taxation is theft, but is it voluntary? CPA Neil Schloss thinks income tax is voluntary. Neil was invited to the 2022 Libertarian National Convention to give a presentation on minimizing, or totally eliminating, your income tax burden. Come to Castle Consulting in Hightstown on July 27th at 6:30 pm to learn how you can legally avoid taxes. Please email any inquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Preamble:

Libertarians seek a world of liberty, in which individuals control their own lives, and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others. We believe that respect for individual rights is essential for a peaceful, prosperous world. Consequently, we defend each person’s right to engage in any activity that is peaceful and honest, and welcome the diversity that freedom brings. The world we seek is one where individuals are free to achieve their goals using their own judgments, without interference from government. We affirm the ideals expressed by New Jersey’s motto, “Liberty and Prosperity,” which we believe can best be ensured by the basic principles outlined in our Platform. In the following pages, we set forth those principles, and policies derived from them.

 

New Jersey Libertarian Party

NJLP.org

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NJLP Statement on Recent Gun Violence and Proposed Gun Control Measures

New Jersey – June 2, 2022:

Summer Picnic

Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 12 PM
39 Homestead Avenue, East Hanover, NJ 07936

The NJLP will hold annual summer picnic and general meeting at 12 PM on July 30, 2022.  More info coming soon.

Summer 2022 Newsletter.

Proposed business items / agenda.

Join #project-summergeneralmeeting on Slack to discuss business items needing attention or to suggest activities for members at the event. 

New Jersey Libertarian Party

NJLP.org

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The NJ Libertarian Party Remains Committed to Protecting the Natural Right to Self Defense

New Jersey – May 23, 2022:

On Saturday, May 14, 2022, the lives of ten innocent people were senselessly taken and we join the nation in mourning this unimaginable loss. In the wake of this tragedy, we must remain committed to protecting the natural rights of citizens to own firearms to protect themselves and their loved ones. In New York and New Jersey alike, police departments have significant discretion in denying people carry permits. Since, as the Supreme Court has ruled, police officers have no duty to protect citizens, innocent people are often left without any means to protect themselves against violent individuals. No one else should have to die before the state stops violating citizens’ natural rights to self-preservation by repealing gun laws.

Tara Fisher

fisher4freedom.com

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Home Intrusion/Data Collection Reaches New Heights in Hazlet, and it’s Not a Good Thing

Hazlet – April 22, 2022: The Hazlet Police Department has announced that the municipality has contracted with Appraisal Systems Inc. to inspect every home in the Township, inside and out, under the guise of property tax revaluations.

While such revaluations take place periodically under the law, the unprecedented nature of this level of intrusion goes in a dangerous new direction.  It is a further deterioration of civil liberties which opens the door to so many possible rights violations.  With no restrictions on what can be examined, residents are losing their privacy in the most complete way possible.

New Jersey Libertarian Party

NJLP.org

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Ed Durr Advocates for Progressive Government Handout

New Jersey – March 24, 2022:

The Republican Party once again showed that they are merely speed-limit progressives. State Senator Ed Durr introduced the Gas Price and Inflation Tax Credit Act to give $500 to households making up to a quarter of a million dollars. This will cost taxpayers nearly $1.5 billion! Not even Democrats are calling for this ridiculous payment. Durr cites inflation and rising gas prices as his reason for expanding the welfare state. Of course, further increasing government spending will only fuel a worse inflationary crisis.

New Jersey Libertarian Party

NJLP.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tara Murphy and Jason MacDuffie Announce Candidacy For Branchburg Township Committee

New Jersey – March 16, 2022:

At the NJLP Convention on March 12, 2022, the New Jersey Libertarian Party nominated Tara Murphy and Jason MacDuffie for Branchburg Township Committee. Murphy and MacDuffie are both long-time New Jersey residents who are vying to break up the GOP monopoly in Branchburg. 

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This is a page of various videos that we have either created or found interesting. Be sure to check out and follow our YouTube page.

Shedding light on TrentonThe Open Government Advocacy Project is a committee of the NJ Libertarian Party. Its goal is to ensure transparency and accountability at all levels of government. Articles posted here are a subset of the work of the committee. For more information visit the Open Government Advocacy Project blog.

If you would like to demand accountability and ensure that your local governing body or school board adheres to the Open Public Records Act we can help you request information from them. Contact John Paff, the project chair here.

NJ government is huge and complex. Private industry is shrinking while the size and cost of government bureacracy continues to grow. The articles posted here provide a guide of the NJ State Government and can be used by citizens and candidates for office to evaluate what departments can be reduced drastically in size.

We'll start with just some of the departments and provide a breakdown on what they do (or purport to do), how many employees they have and how big their budget is.

The New Jersey Libertarian Party's Preempted Ordinance Repeal Project (“the Project”) seeks to get New Jersey municipalities to repeal loitering ordinances that should have been -- but were not -- repealed when the New Jersey Code of Criminal Justice was enacted in 1979. The Project has successfully had loitering ordinances repealed in over 30 towns. For a summary listing of all the towns see Preempted Ordinance Repeal Project page.

The Police Accountability Project is a committee of the NJ Libertarian Party. Its goal is to search out cases of police misconduct, file former Internal Affairs (IA) complaints when appropriate, and to publicize violations of rules and laws by the police. There may be other stories posted on the NJLP Police Internal Affairs Complaint Blog page.

If you would like to help or know of a case we should be looking at, contact the committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Legislative Affairs Committee was created to allow a select core of Volunteers to take action on legislation and policies which directly affects the people of New Jersey.

[INTRO VIDEO - HOSTED ON NJLP STATE YOUTUBE AND EMBEDED HERE]

Staff

Legislative Director and Committee Chair

Mike Rufo

Volunteers:

James Ripley