As a libertarian I believe in the rights of private parties to enact vaccine mandates. Why? Because vaccines work and private property rights are paramount. Libertarians accept that some societal rules that protect others would exist with or without government being the one doing the mandating. Speed limits, rules against harming others, insurance mandates, and other requirements would still exist in a free society. Responsible restaurants would still require its employees to wash their hands after using a bathroom even without the mandates of the health department. As a believer in strong private property rights, I believe that it would be irresponsible for a property manager to willingly disregard the safety of those using their property. Mandates are not against libertarian philosophy, especially if they would exist even without government coercion.
I would hope that hospitals, elder care facilities, and any facility that deals with at risk populations impose a vaccine mandate on their staff. Private and public universities should consider requiring the vaccine for students, just like they currently do for other vaccines. I would hope that when appropriate these mandates include exceptions for medical and sometimes religious reasons with potential alternate risk mitigation requirements like testing.
In 2016, Presidential candidate Gary Johnson stupidly suggested that Jewish bakers should be forced to bake a Nazi wedding cake. He was dead wrong about this from any libertarian angle you can find. Those who oppose allowing employers to set their own vaccination rules makes the same mistake. The owners of hospitals and/or their board of directors would be wise to require that their employees are vaccinated, even without a government order. Not having this mandate opens the hospital up for litigation.
For immediate release
August 7, 2021
NEW JERSEY – AUGUST 23, 2021: Whereas, it is the principled belief of the New Jersey Libertarian Party and many others that individual rights must not be denied, abridged, or enhanced by Government at the expense of other people’s rights, on any basis, including – but not limited to – sex, gender identity, wealth, race, color, creed, age, national origin, political preference, biological factors, or sexual orientation and,
Whereas, freedom and responsibility cannot be separated and exclusion of moral approval or disapproval is deliberate: peoples’ rights must be recognized; the wisdom of any course of peaceful action is a matter for the acting individual to decide,
New Jersey Libertarian Party
PO Box 56 Tennent, NJ 07763-0056
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Jersey Division of Elections certifies Jim Tosone as an Official Candidate for NJ Senate
Tennent, NJ. August 6, 2021 – The New Jersey Division of Elections has certified that Jim Tosone will be on the ballot as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for NJ Senate in the General Election in the 39th Legislative District.
The district is comprised of towns in northern Bergen and Passaic Counties. It has 167, 000 registered voters of which 43% (over 72,000) are unaffiliated. For those voters, who are concerned about both government spending/taxes/debt and interference in their personal lives, Tosone will offer the Libertarian Party solutions.
Internal Affairs complaints in New Jersey are often not disclosed to the public. In 2014, John Paff, the head of the NJ Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project requested info on complaints against correction officers who work at the Bergen County Jail. The response provided redacted the names of all the correction officer employees. His lawsuit against County resulted in Bergen County being forced to identify the officers.
In 2017 the Libertarians for Transparent Government sued the NJ State Police seeking the name of an officer who was fired for racially offensive behavior. As a result of this case and the George Floyd murder and outrage, a Law Enforcement directive was given by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal that required agencies to disclose the identities of officers who commit serious disciplinary violations. This was a reversal of a decades long policy.
I wanted to take this opportunity to update everyone on the progress of our gubernatorial campaign. I, along with my running mate for Lt. Governor, Eveline Brownstein, have been working hard to live up to the promise made at the convention to give all of you the fight of my life when you nominated us. It has already been a wild ride, and there is much more to come.
We have been building our infrastructure, including our website (www.meleforgovernor.com), social media accounts (FB, Twitter, Instagram), and various video/commercial content. This included our strategy team, our legal research and biostatistics team, our communications team, and our production team. Everyone has contributed mightily to a very professional, eye-catching, and inspiring presentation of our message.
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 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
- Ocean County Commissioner - Dan Valentine
- Ocean County Commissioner - Rob Canfield
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.
All signers must be registered voters in New Jersey.
There are two ways to help a candidate get on the ballot:
- Sign an online petition via one of the links below. [Only sign for a candidate who's office covers where you live]
- 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?"
Join us on March 19th at 7:00 PM via a Zoom link. We will be gathering both on zoom and at 109 Mercer Avenue for a brief get together. Come here about our plans for our business meeting, test out your connection, understand how members will be voting. Or just say hello and introduce yourself. Zoom link will be announced prior to the event. This will be open to all. If you are interested in the full convention you can register at https://njlp.org/convention.
2021 NJLP Convention Business Meeting
March 20, 2021
Via Zoom and at 109 Mercer Street, Hightstown NJ
Note: We will be meeting using Zoom as well as in person. Link to join the meeting will be posted later. Delegate credentialing will be performed by creating an account at https://convention.njlp.org/register. Voting will be performed online at this site.
09:00 Conference Begins, Credentials and Final Tech Issues to be handle
09:30 Call to order & quorum check [Chair]
09:25 Agenda review & approval [Chair]
09:30 Secretary's Report [Secretary]
Approval of prior meeting minutes.
09:35 Treasurer's report [Treasurer]
Presentation of 2020 final budget and proposed 2021 budget (See report pdf here (150 KB) ).
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.
Imported from NJ Libertarian News from the published feed
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.
The 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.
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]
Legislative Director and Committee Chair