The New Jersey Libertarian Party opened its campaign headquarters on the Atlantic City Boardwalk over the July 4th weekend, according to Lou Jasikoff, regional coordinator for Bob Barr for President.
Running on the New Jersey ticket with Barr – a former Georgia congressman and former Republican – is Mercer businessman Jason Scheurer, the Libertarian Party’s candidate for U.S. Senate.
Scheurer got blown out last year in his 14th District Assembly run.
"We didn’t do as well as we were hoping," admitted Jasikoff of Scheurer’s 2007 campaign. "We were hoping to do a little bit better, but we got certified. That gave us a certain amount of credibility."
Jasikoff and Scheurer attended the Libertarian Party’s national convention in Denver over Memorial Day Weekend, where the party nominated Barr.
"We’re going to have a more active campaign than we’ve ever had before," said Jasikoff. "We are setting up stuff in New Jersey, and segmenting the state out right now, getting people in charge of certain sections, including youth coordinators for different regions."
The Atlantic City campaign digs are rented through November.
A former Republican, Jasikoff says the Barr and Scheurer campaigns will appeal to those conservatives who believe the GOP has left them behind.
"I don’t think the Reagan Democrats are real happy with the Republican Party," Jasikoff said. "They’re still looking at open borders, and it’s still a tax and spend party."