“It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires in the hearts of men.” – often attributed to Samuel Adams
It has been nearly three weeks since the 2013 New Jersey primary election, a date so uneventful it would have gone barely noticed, despite a gubernatorial primary on the ballot. The front runners in both major parties won by enormous margins, and most state and local elected offices had no real primary. If one saw more than one name for a position, it was most likely because it was something like county freeholder or a municipal council position that usually says to vote for any two or three.
Newton’s first rule of motion certainly applies not only to physics, but to politics as well. Sure, we New Jerseyans show up every four years for the presidential election, but voters at rest on primary day tend to stay at rest on primary day. What if somebody told you this voter apathy could be the liberty movement’s greatest asset to gaining a foothold in New Jersey politics? For Tenthers hoping to shape the direction of their parties, be they Republicans, Democrats or independents, now may be the chance to start gearing up for a future run, not so much next year, when Congressional elections may increase voter turnout, but in 2015. That’s not to say we shouldn’t try to find good, constitutional candidates next year for local offices, or contact this year’s candidates to encourage them to embrace nullification. Doing so now could lay the groundwork for solid local candidates in two years.
Scott Grossman, Republican primary challenger to incumbent Governor Chris Christie, pointed out that voters in the primaries have twenty times more voting power than those in the general because of the difference in voter turnout. It makes sense. In an election where there are 100 people voting, getting one person to vote for you gains you 1% of the vote. If you have 2,000 people voting, one vote gets you 0.05% of the vote. If both people receive 51 votes in their respective scenarios, the former is elected, while the latter is up to a whopping 2.55%.Details