“I have seen an immediate upsurge in interest in over a dozen states that have previously been unorganized,” said Collison. “I expect to see some states that disaffiliated or went inactive reactivate now that the threat of…vexatious lawsuits is lifted.”
New Jersey is among the states in which the Reform Party became inactive. The party was once very active in the state, so much so that rocker Pat DiNizio’s 2000 Senate bid was chronicled in the movie “Mr. Smithereen Goes to Washington.”
Unfortunately, the new millennium ravaged the Reform Party, and by the 2004 election, its New Jersey affiliate had long since dissolved.
All that is about to change; a group of activists from all corners of the state have expressed interest in re-igniting the flame of Perot’s third party. And the time may be right: in the 1990s the party championed fiscal responsibility and government accountability, both of which have recently been demanded in the state. The party platform does not address “social” issues, making it the politically moderate alternative, lying at the half-way point between neo-conservative Republicans and progressive Democrats.