As we approach our inaugural state convention, let me take this opportunity to inform the establishment that when progressives enter the fight to publicly serve in this state, we do so because we crave the formation of a true democracy in New Jersey for reasons that extend far beyond a mere yearning to have the unearned, party-boss-blessed privilege to hold elected office.
It is the duty of a public servant to serve the people unselfishly and without hesitation. There can be no room for special interests, corruption, nor a diminishment of the people’s right to fully participate in democracy. Unfortunately, in New Jersey, our politics has reached a place where special interests, corruption, and the erosion of the people’s democratic rights have not only become commonplace, but they are activities that are, in fact, encouraged through the existence and abuse of New Jersey’s antiquated line ballot structure. As such, we the people are calling on you, Senator Weinberg, to introduce legislation that would abolish New Jersey’s line ballot system.