Former 8th District congressional candidate Brian Varela helped launch the Forward Part of New Jersey last week, one week after the third party hosted their national kickoff on July 26th.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We need to come together if we want to solve the issues facing our NJ communities. Divisiveness is not the answer,” Varela, a state lead for the party, said in a statement.
He had the chance to work with the Forward Party during his race after winning their endorsement, as well as gaining a personal endorsement from party founder Andrew Yang. He now leads an effort aimed at democracy reform.
“We need to look at the problems and present solutions that are logical, reasonable, and fair. It’s time to stop looking the other way on legislation that does not benefit voters such as the Elections Transparency Act,” he added.
The party has several more events booked in August as it expands its grassroots answer to polarized and ideological politics across the state.
“More than sixty percent of voters across the country want a third party and who can blame them,” Varela continued.
“We’re definitely seeing a ton of energy with the response we’re getting so far. People aren’t stupid. They know that if a system isn’t working for average people you try something new,” added said Gil Wildridge, also an NJ Forward Party state lead.
Yang made headlines this week for speaking out against the FBI’s raid at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
“I’m no Trump fan. I want him as far away from the White House as possible. But a fundamental part of his appeal has been that it’s him against a corrupt government establishment. This raid strengthens that case for millions of Americans who will see this as unjust persecution,” he tweeted.
“It seems like this was authorized by a local judge and a particular FBI office without buy-in or notification of higher levels of government. But literally no one will believe that or make a distinction. It’s probably bureaucratic but it seems political.”