Madelyn Hoffman.

Hoffman wants Green Party nod for governor

Longtime activist making 5th bid for public office

By David WildsteinApril 08 2021 5:42 pm

Veteran environmental and social justice activist Madelyn Hoffman will seek the Green Party nomination for governor in what will be her fifth bid for public office.

The 64-year-old Hoffman spent eighteen years as executive director of New Jersey Peace Action.  She has been on the political scene for decades; in the 1980s she led the opposition to the Warren County trash incinerator project and headed the Grass Roots Environmental Organization (GREO).

As the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in 2020, Hoffman finished third in a field of five candidates with less than one percent of the vote.  She trailed incumbent Cory Booker by 2,502,890 votes.

“Madelyn’s showing in 2020, during the time of COVID-19, where campaigning was, of necessity, so different and mostly virtual, indicates that the people of New Jersey are looking for an alternative to the Democrats and Republicans,” said Green Party New Jersey elections chairman Barry Bendar.

In 1996, she was the Green Party nominee for vice president on a ticket with Ralph Nader.  Because of New Jersey’s early filing deadline for independent candidates – it was in April back then – Nader ran with Hoffman in New Jersey while running with Winona LaDuke in most states.

Bill Clinton carried New Jersey by a 54%-36% margin against Bob Dole, with Ross Perot winning 9%.   Nader and Hoffman won 1% of the vote.

She ran for governor in 1997 and finished fifth in a field seven candidates with 0.44% of the vote.  Incumbent Christine Todd Whitman was re-elected by 25,426 votes, 47%-46%.  Hoffman received 10,703 votes.

She challenged Rep. Michael Pappas (R-Rocky Hill) in 1998 and won 1,409 votes (0.76%).  Democrat Rush Holt unseated Pappas by a 50%-47% margin.

Hoffman returned to the ballot in 20187as the Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate.  She finished third in a field of seven candidates with 0.70% — 1,686,504 votes behind incumbent Bob Menendez.

Bendar said that he will be discussing key issues of concern to the Green Party with Hoffman during their vetting process.

“We know there are many issues the people of New Jersey face that neither the Democrats or Republicans have been able to address, such as a real Green New Deal and a Green Bill of Rights, confronting climate change by moving the state toward 100% reliance on renewable energy, closure of ICE detention centers and release of all detainees, a legalization of marijuana program that finally decriminalizes it,” Bendar said.

Campaign buttons from Madelyn Hoffman’s 1997 campaign for governor of New Jersey. (David Wildstein Collection.)