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Green Party registration in N.J. has tripled since Trump took office

Hoffman making 4th bid for office as Green Party U.S. Senate candidate

By David Wildstein, March 02 2020 10:04 am

The number of New Jerseyans registered to vote as members of the Green Party has tripled since Donald Trump was elected president in November 2016.

The state now has 10,930 registered voters, up from 3,068 in Election Day 2016, according to the New Jersey Division of Elections.  Ten years ago, New Jersey had 1,001 Green Party members.

Madelyn Hoffman is expected to the be Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate.

She finished third in a seven-candidate race for U.S. Senate in 2018, willing .79% of the vote against incumbent Bob Menendez.  She received 25,150 votes statewide, nearly 1.7 million behind Menendez and 3,398 behind Libertarian nominee Murray Sabrin.

Hoffman, who has spent the last 20 years working at New Jersey Peace Action, a non-profit seeking to promote peace and abolish nuclear war, is making her fourth bid for public office.  She has said that public education and water contamination in Newark, where Booker served as mayor from 2006 to 2013, will be among her top issues.

Hoffman was the Green Party candidate for Governor in 1997, finishing 5th out of seven candidates with .44% against Gov. Christine Todd Whitman.   She ran for Congress in 1998 and won .76% of the vote in the same election where Democratic Rush Holt (D-Hopewell) ousted freshman Rep. Michael Pappas (R-Rocky Hill) by a 50%-47% margin.

The New Jersey Libertarian Party will choose their candidates at their annual convention on March 21.

Libertarian voter registration has also tripled since Trump’s 2016 election, from 5,405 to 16,296.

In 2016, Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico, won 1.87% of the vote in New Jersey.  Green Party nominee Jill Stein received .98%.

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