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Ten ‘independents’ file in race for New Jersey governor; some file for Assembly seats, as well

According to PolitickerNJ, ten “independents” – meaning an independent or a minor party candidate under New Jersey state law – have filed to run in the race for New Jersey governor.  The deadline to file was yesterday, as were the primaries for the Democratic and Republican Parties.  The independent and minor party candidates are:

former state Environmental Protection Commissioner Christopher Daggett, Libertarian Kenneth Kaplan, Kinnelon attorney Gary Steele, former Princeton school board member Joshua Leinsdorf, Alvin Lindsay Jr. of Sewall, Kostas Petris of Trenton, Jason Cullen of Riverdale, David Weiswinkle of East Windsor, Gary Stein of Mullica, and Gregory Pason, a frequent candidate of the Socialist Worker Party USA.

Greg Pason commented on the PolitickerNJ story to correct their mistake – he is actually the candidate of the Socialist Party USA.  IPR has previously covered Christopher Daggett here and Libertaria Kenneth Kaplan here.

Ballot Access News also posted the independent and minor party candidates for seats in the State Assembly in New Jersey:

New Jersey elects its Governor and the lower house of its legislature this November. Petitions for independent candidates, and the nominees of unqualified parties, were due yesterday.

For the 80 Assembly seats, these are the minor party nominees: Green Party, Stephen Walzer; Libertarian Party, Daryl Brooks and Charles Green; Modern Whig Party, Gene Baldassari; Socialist Party, Constantino Rozzo. There are also 12 independent candidates for Assembly.

The Modern Whig Party’s candidate, Gene Baldassari in the 14th Legislative District, is only the second Whig candidate to announce a run for any office.  The first was Paul McKain, who recently announced that he will be running for Congress in Florida.

H/T to Kenn Bank, who sent this story into


  1. Dan Oliver Dan Oliver August 17, 2009

    We nee more people that are interested in less government and lower taxes. All politicians need to check the site and register!!

  2. Gary Stein Gary Stein July 17, 2009

    John from July 7. that’s very constructive, a 4 word response “Your web site sucks” It’s one week later and there was no web site until yesterday and it’s only one page now while we figure out the ins and outs of the thing.

  3. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution July 7, 2009

    Does anyone know where I can get a list of all the 2009 NJ Assembly races?

  4. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution June 14, 2009

    It should also be noted that the Socialist Workers Party’s nominee Angela Lariscy is continuing her candidacy for Governor of New Jersey as a write-in candidate.

  5. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 8, 2009

    L,F., under the present circumstances-dem & rep duopoly, Sabrin’s campaign was very impressive. but it is still like a somewhat bigger shanty in shantytown compared with the luxury mansions on mainstream street. So after all that, he winds up a loser endorsing establishment favorite (mainstream) Christie. Whereas, with a grassroots write in campaign, I could be competitive. Starting with your vote- & mine!

  6. Leymann Feldenstein Leymann Feldenstein June 7, 2009

    Chris Daggestt may have some traction. He’s close to raising the money he needs to qualify for matching funds and participation in debates.

    I may write-in Bob Milnes, but the idea of a progressive libertarian alliance, at least in NJ, is unrealistic. If NJLP’ers ally with any other group it will most likely be paleocon Republicans like Steve Lonegan and Murray Sabrin. The latter, BTW, was the NJLP candidate for Governor in 1997 who got matching funds and was in debates but ended up with less than five percent of the vote. Sabrin ran for Senate last year in the GOP primary and got crushed. This year, after a personal dispute with Lonegan, Sabrin ended up endorsing the establishment-favorite Chris Christie.

  7. John John June 7, 2009

    Gary Stein: Your website sucks.

  8. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 7, 2009

    The candidate isn’t reluctant or on the fence. Just too broke & depressed to get started!

  9. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 7, 2009

    TPR, Ha, Ha! Interesting point. Tell you what, Good Losers. If you organize a draft bob milnes progressive libertarian alliance independent write in campaign, I could be talked into campaigning. Interesting experiment. That would be about as grassroots as you can get!

  10. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 7, 2009

    & I won’t be one of them now, will I?

  11. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 7, 2009

    whatever, whatever are you talking about? I wouldn’t miss the Spectacle of Losers for all the cabbage in NJ!

  12. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 7, 2009

    Low tide around here exposes deep mud, not rocks.

  13. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 7, 2009

    All an Independent or Libertarian or Green candidate has to do is declare & campaign on support for The Progressive Libertarian Alliance Strategy.

  14. whatever whatever June 7, 2009

    If you’re gonna jump off a bridge and/or cliff, stop and reconsider.

    And make sure it’s low tide so you hit the rocks.

  15. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 7, 2009

    So proceed without me. Do what you do so well. Practice makes perfect, Good Losers.

  16. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes June 7, 2009

    I guess I missed the deadline to try as the Progressive Libertarian Alliance Independent. Oh well. I’m too broke & depressed to take more abuse & neglect from all you losers.

  17. Gary Stein Gary Stein June 6, 2009

    First step getting noticed as an independent candidate, I hope, think big, run for Governor, use a catchy slogan, or better use 21 of them, in my case one for each county in New Jersey. Then knock em out with your new web site you’re working on- praying all along that they get it.
    !st try at a candidates web site from last year…………..BREAK THE STALEMATE. THROW A HAND GRENADE
    The tail can wag the dog.. I’m on the ballot. I don’t look like, or act like a politician, and I don’t have a political background. I offer real world common sense and no political mumbo jumbo. Is there someone else that’s more of a contrast to the stuffed suits? I have an office cleaning company. I’m a janitor. Take them down a few pegs. Send in the stink-bomb. We have the power and it’s about time they knew it.
    We can get noticed, and that can be a small step at breaking Washington gridlock. The audacity of this thing can be a wakeup to Trenton as well. I’ll certainly have to rise to the occasion folks because basically I have no experience as a politician, but when politicians are performing so poorly, what’s wrong with new blood. I hope this introduction of myself and the insurgent campaign I’m initiating on this web page is a blueprint for change, right now, and for future candidates.
    My name is Gary Stein, I’m 51 years old, and I’m running for Congress of the United States in New Jersey’s 2nd district as a barebones 3rd party, independent candidate. And no one will ever accuse me of being a well heeled out of touch elitist. That’s a word we’ve heard thrown around by candidates this year as they parade around one of us “regular folk” for the cameras.
    How ordinary and average am I? My wife and I operate a very small office cleaning business in Atlantic County for the last 18 years. Believe me we “feel the pain” along with you and the rest who seem to be existing month to month.

    And this 2nd web site posted one week before the election…… Also on the ballot in New Jersey’s second congressional district, competing with me, and now a friend. His choice of medicine is not my choice, but we’re both coming from the same place. The heart. And we agree 100% that we have to break the two party stranglehold, and break the mindset that independents are irrelevant. A classic CATCH-22

    I leave it to any one out there reading this to imagination what the web page Stein for Governor will have to say about voting Independent. Because I’m fed up!

  18. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution June 6, 2009

    Maybe they will lost, but I can guarantee that Chris Daggett will have as good of a showing as Dean Barkley in the 2008 Minnesota Senatorial Race.

  19. Ross Levin Ross Levin Post author | June 5, 2009

    No, he’s saying they’ll lose.

  20. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution June 5, 2009

    So are you saying that at the last moment their names will be pulled off the ballot?

  21. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution June 4, 2009

    Actually I was referring to that both candidates failed to submit the necessary amount of money and signatures to place their names on the ballot.

  22. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution June 3, 2009

    Also note that Independent Shannon Wright and Socialist Workers Party nominee Angela Lariscy were candidates who failed to meet the requirements before the deadline.

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