Professor runs as third party option in Senate election

By Erica Meline
On April 11, 2018

Photo courtesy of RCNJ, Flickr

American politics can seem to abide by a binary political system at times, with the Democratic and Republican parties dominating the political scene. Third party candidates, however, remain viable alternatives for voters.

Ramapo College’s own Professor of Finance Murray Sabrin will serve as a third party option in the upcoming election for U.S. Senate, running as a Libertarian in opposition to Sen. Bob Menendez.

“I’m interested in the big issues, which is what this campaign is all about,” said Sabrin. “Peace, liberty, prosperity, bringing the troops home, protect civil liberties, promote financial independence.”

Sabrin’s political journey began in 1997 when he ran for governor as a Libertarian. In running for governor, Sabrin explained that his goal centered around raising enough funds to meet the criteria for the state’s matching fund program, thus enabling him to participate in three debates with the other major party candidates.

Though he was severely lacking in funds a meer few weeks before the deadline, Sabrin explained that a copy editor wrote a letter to other Libertarian members throughout the country, and was able to raise $150,000 by the time of the deadline. Sabrin therefore made history by becoming the first third-party candidate to receive funding, and thus able to participate in the three debates.

Sabrin explained that though third parties are not likely to win elections, they do have a “major impact on policy.” He did not win the seat for governor, but was able to produce policy change nonetheless.

One of the major issues at the time was auto insurance, according to Sabrin. Sabrin stated that at the time, he proposed to deregulate the auto insurance industry, and when his fellow candidate for governor Jim McGreevey was elected in 2001, he adopted Sabrin’s plan.

“Consumers have saved a ton of money because rates have gone down,” said Sabrin. “I didn’t win anything, but New Jersey benefited from my proposal.”

Sabrin also explained that at the time there was a 55 mph speed limit, and he advocated for raising it to 65 mph. Christine Todd Whitman, the winner of the election, initially opposed Sabrin’s stance, but she ultimately ended up raising the limit.

Sabrin’s campaign also led to the legalization of political lawn signs. Sabrin stated that he had received a note from the police one day stating he was in violation of the law for having his own sign in his lawn. Sabrin explained that he proceeded to go to court on the grounds of free speech, and since then political lawn signs have been legal.

Before the Libertarian party approached Sabrin about running for governor, Sabrin explained that he had “no political ambition.” Twenty years later, however, Sabrin seems to have developed a true desire to enter the political arena.

He firmly believes that his campaign has the potential to expose the depravity of mainstream politics and ultimately win him the seat for Senate.

“Both parties represent the welfare-warfare state,” said Sabrin.

Sabrin continued to explain that both parties are only focused on spending money and have played a major role in contributing to the country’s enormous national debt. As a Libertarian, Sabrin advocated for minimal government spending and regulation, advocating for financial freedom of citizens.

Sabrin specifically called for the dismantling of “trickle down welfarism.” One of the ways Sabrin intends to do this is through his tax proposal, which would have citizens receive 100 percent tax credit for donating to a non-profit. Sabrin stated that this will permit citizens to be more philanthropic and ultimately eradicate “trickled down welfarism.”

Sabrin also emphasized his stance on peace, stating that he is “going to be the most anti-war candidate in the country this year.” He explained that having lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis, he recognizes the current levels of danger present in the world today.

He believes that both political parties have created a “perpetual war,” and thus can not be the ones left to resolve it.

“We live in a very dangerous world because of government. Government is the most anti-human institution ever created by humans,” said Sabrin. He explained that he wants to bring troops home and begin to minimize American presence in foreign countries, feeling that America has become known as “the international bully.”

Sabrin stated that he plans to rally established Libertarians behind him, as well as other voters who are tired of the current establishment. With his all-volunteer staff, he intends to get his message out to the public and hopefully receive their support in return.

“There are always first in politics,” said Sabrin. “There has to be a first Libertarian senator.”

 

emeline@ramapo.edu

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