Socialist Party of New Jersey

Socialist Party of New Jersey
Chair Joe Starosielec
Secretary Pat Noble
Founded 1970s
Ideology Democratic socialism
Socialist feminism
Political position Left-wing
National affiliation Socialist Party USA
Colors Red
SP New Jersey

The Socialist Party of New Jersey (SPNJ) is the state chapter of the Socialist Party USA in the U.S. state of New Jersey.

The Socialist Party of New Jersey engages in both electoral politics and non-electoral activism. Electoral campaigns include Greg Pason's 2009 run for Governor of New Jersey and Pat Noble's 2011 run for the Board of Chosen Freeholders in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Non-electoral activism includes anti-racist actions in cooperation with Residents Against Racism, support for unions and unionization in cooperation with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and other unions, anti-war and anti-imperialist agitation, and support for feminism and women's rights.

In 2014, the SPNJ declared victory in a lawsuit (Noble v. State) against the State of New Jersey over the State preventing the Party from having voter registration rights.[1] The SPNJ joins eight other political parties who have voter registration, six of which are minor/alternative parties and also had to file a lawsuit to receive voter registration abilities.

The Socialist Party of New Jersey has two active locals, a Northern New Jersey local headquartered in Montclair, and a Central New Jersey local headquartered in Red Bank.


The Socialist Party of New Jersey is governed by a State Executive Committee (SEC), elected to two-year terms at a state convention on odd years. The state convention elects one to two State Chairs, as well as a State Secretary and State Treasurer. Additionally, each chartered local is invited to elect one representative to sit on the SEC as a voting member.

Elected officials

Former candidates

Gubernatorial candidates

  • 2013: Maynor Moreno/Stephanie Gussin- Write-in candidacy (votes not counted)
  • 2009: Greg Pason/Costantino Rozzo- 2,085 votes (0.09%)[2]
  • 2005: Costantino Rozzo- 2,078 votes (0.09%)[3]
  • 2001: Costantino Rozzo- 1,537 votes (0.07%)
  • 1997: Greg Pason- 2,800 votes (0.12%)[4]

US Senate candidates

  • 2012: Greg Pason- 2,249 votes (0.07%)
  • 2006: Greg Pason- 2,490 votes (0.11%)
  • 2002: Greg Pason- 2,702 votes (0.13%)
  • 2000: Greg Pason- 3,365 votes (0.11%)[5]

US House of Representatives candidates

State Assembly candidates

  • 2005, District 2: Sharin Chiorazzo- 832 votes (0.77%) and Willie Norwood- 665 (0.61%) (two candidates elected)
  • 2005, District 10: Scott Baier- 584 votes (0.46%) (two candidates elected)
  • 2003, District 1: Constantino Rozzo- 768 votes (0.81%) (two candidates elected)
  • 1997, District 27: John-Martin Winter- 1,051 votes (1.50%) (two candidates elected)
  • 1995, District 27: John-Martin Winter- 478 votes (1.07%) (two candidates elected)

County/local candidates

Presidential nominee results

Since 1976, the Socialist Party USA has run a candidate for President of the United States. The party's nominee has been on the ballot in New Jersey in 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000, 2004 and 2008. The candidate who has received the highest vote total in New Jersey was Willa Kenoyer in 1988.

Year Nominee Result Votes
1976 Frank Zeidler 12 of 12 469 (0.02%)
1980 David McReynolds 10 of 13 1,973 (0.07%)
1984 Sonia Johnson 9 of 9 1,247 (0.02%)
1988 Willa Kenoyer 7 of 11 2,587 (0.08%)
1992 J. Quinn Brisben (not on ballot) N/A N/A
1996 Mary Cal Hollis (not on ballot) N/A N/A
2000 David McReynolds 7 of 9 1,880 (0.06%)
2004 Walt Brown 7 of 9 664 (0.02%)
2008 Brian Moore 7 of 10 699 (0.02%)
2012 Stewart Alexander (not on ballot) N/A N/A
2016 Mimi Soltysik (not on ballot) N/A N/A


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