On January 15, 2008, the New Jersey Supreme Court granted the Libertarian Party of Central New Jersey motion to appear as "amicus curiae" (i.e. friend of the court) in a pending public records case. The motion, brief, certification and court order are at www.lpcnj.org/OGTF/HobokenAmicus.pdf
Mason v. City of Hoboken, the case that the LPCNJ is participating in, presents the Supreme Court with two issues:
Loitering ordinance is being challenged
MOUNT OLIVE -- The New Jersey Libertarian Party is questioning the validity of the township's Peace and Good Order ordinance prohibiting loitering and vagrancy. (Read full article)
After many years of overspending by both Republican and Democratic administrations, NJ state finds itself in a fiscal mess. Instead of tackling the root cause of a bloated state government, our governor has launched a plan to transfer debt and to squeeze more money out of the taxpayers.
While things have seemed to be quiet over the last few months we have moved forward with a few projects I would like to update you on, especially as we move into what I think will be a very exciting election year.
A proposed student pledge at the BCC would require students to promise to give up their right to freedom of association and freedom of conscience.
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From our friends at the NRA:
Assemblyman Anthony Chiappone (D-31) is following in the footsteps of former legislators who proposed ending fishing and hunting in New Jersey by removing sportsmen and farmers from the New Jersey Fish & Game Council, thus creating a non-lethal committee within the council to deal with so-called “wildlife conflicts.”
Congressman, Presidential candidate, and former Libertarian Presidential candidate Ron Paul has been attacked by many. Several have tried to pin the "racist" tag on him.
Nelson Linder, president of the Austin National Association of Colored People during an interview with Alex Jones has stated, "Knowing Ron Paul's intent, I think he is trying to improve this country but I think also, when you talk about the Constitution and you constantly criticize the federal government versus state I think a lot of folks are going to misconstrue that....so I think it's very easy for folks who want to to take his position out of context and that's what I'm hearing," said Linder.
"Knowing Ron Paul and having talked to him, I think he's a very fair guy I just think that a lot of folks do not understand the Libertarian platform"
According to an article on PolitickerNJ.com, our past Senate candidate, conservative libertarian, and Ron Paul supporter Murray Sabrin is considering a run for Senate as a Republican. See article "Ron Paul supporter ready to enter U.S. Senate race".
The NRA is rightfully asking for those who value freedom to oppose S2470, S2934/A4620 and S2431/A3035.
Update: The bills passed. They were improved slightly. See below for updated text from the NRA email alert.
to the Coast Star of December 20, 2007 Manasquan Borough agreed to
amend its policy so that disclosure of closed
session minutes no longer relies on formal "approval" by the council. The article began by describing John Paff,” a member of the New Jersey Libertarian Party and chairman of the party's Open Government Advocacy Project,” who had requested the closed session minutes of a number of council meetings
As reported in the newspaper, the council discussed Mr. Paff's letter urging the borough to alter its policy to speed up the release of closed session meeting minutes. At the meeting of the mayor and council. It was decided that the clerk, township administrator, and borough counsel could review the documents together before releasing them. The step where the council would formally resolve to release the records would be eliminated. John says “this might shave a week or two from responses to requests.”
Seeking the “naked truth” from Long Hill Board os Ed
With attorney Walter Luers representing him, John sued the Long Hill (Morris County) school board so that he could either confirm or dispute unverified statements on the Internet that a former, male member of the Long Hill Board of Education told a female member of the school district's administration that "If you take your clothes off, you can have anything you want in [administrative contract] negotiations."
received a heavily redacted copy of the Board's
nonpublic (i.e. closed or executive session) minutes from April 23, 2007 in response to an earlier records request, he found an on-line article that claimed that "reliable sources" had reported that a former Board of Education member had allegedly made the above-described comment that ultimately resulted in the member's resignation from the Board and the female administrator filing a grievance and taking an extended medical leave