Former 8th District congressional candidate Varela helps launch Forward Party of NJ


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.

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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.

Varela had $595,000 in the bank before the Hudson County Democratic Organization successfully challenged his nominating petitions in April and got him thrown off the June 7th primary ballot.

“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.”

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  1. A third party will enable the republicans to increase their dangerous reach. Skeptical, see how the liberal party in UK weakened Labour and strengthened the Tory Party. Don’t trust Whitman ( even though she does stand up to Trump.) She underfunded nj pension obligations, increased the deficit, and exposed many ground zero workers to toxins by saying air was safe to breath when she was epa chair.

  2. If Yang gets hungry, as more details emerge about the reported nuclear secrets Trump illegally brought to Florida, than he can start by eating the egg all over his face, as well as crow.