Tag Archive: Green Party

Labels

Democrat. Republican. Liberal. Conservative. Green, Libertarian, Tea Party.

These are labels that the mainstream media apply to politicians. Sometimes they are appropriate. But most of the time they fit like a pair of baggy pants on an anorexic supermodel.

Take our governor. What label fits Chris Christie? Certainly, he’s a Republican, isn’t he? He’s the outgoing chair of the Republican Governor’s Association, delivered a self-serving keynote speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention, and is a top-tier contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

But not all agree. At least by their definition of “Republican.”  

Blue Jersey Focus – Ken Wolski

Can a third party candidate win a state-wide office? A safer bet would be Congressman Jon Runyan winning the Nobel Prize in Physics. But third party candidates arguably can influence elections. If Chris Daggett had not run for governor (with the endorsement of the Sierra Club), perhaps Chris Christie would be a former US Prosecutor now working at a high-powered Wall Street firm.

Other democracies such as Australia and Israel are not saddled by a two party system, which in New Jersey is more of a 1½ party system. Thanks to the party bosses, the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has been mostly marginalized, and in the end the Koch Brothers’ agenda is being played out by our governor and a loyal opposition.

Today, I interviewed the Green Party candidate, Ken Wolski (below). More discussion, including some questions for readers, below the fold.