Founded in August 2014 as the successor to the Socialist Party of Monmouth & Ocean Counties, which was founded in March 2011, the Central New Jersey Socialist Party is a chartered local of the Socialist Party of New Jersey. The SPNJ is the state party of the Socialist Party USA.
The CNJSP operates in Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Northern Ocean Counties.
We are a multi-tendency socialist organization. Our members have a spectrum of ideological views but are united in one party through the core ideas expressed in our Statement of Principles.
We engage ourselves in a variety of actions and movements. On the electoral front, we work to challenge the electoral monopoly of the Democratic and Republican parties by running candidates for office that use their platform to educate voters on democratic socialism and the fundamental flaws of capitalism. Rather than trying to build a movement with our party as the leadership, we strive to express socialist viewpoints in the larger movement for social justice and economic democracy by working in our communities and with other organizations and coalitions.
The Central New Jersey Socialist Party works to promote democratic socialism on a community level. We involve ourselves in local events, such as the annual LGBT Jersey Pride celebration in Asbury Park and various street fairs and parades. Along with the NJ Industrial Union Council and Green Party of Monmouth County, we co-hosted the first-ever Jersey Shore Activist Forum in November 2013. We are an active participant in the 15 Now NJ coalition and work with like-minded organizations when possible.
In 2012, Socialist Party member (now National Co-Chair) Pat Noble was elected to the Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education. While the election was non-partisan, Pat was very clear about his socialist beliefs and the voters in Red Bank responded by electing him with 54% of the vote. Pat was subsequently re-elected in 2015.
In 2016, our local was honored to host the Socialist Party’s 2016 National Organizing Conference at Rutgers University. The biannual conference is a three-day event in which Party members and supporters from across the country come together for workshops, comradery, and Party building discussions.
We are socialists, and we’re here to organize!