Letter from the Vice-Chair of the NJCP

The following is a letter from Steve Spinosa, the Vice-Chairman of the New Jersey Conservative Party. In his letter, Mr. Spinosa details his interaction with the controversial Brian Phillips, who as of a few weeks ago was removed as chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party.


Dear Mr. Cassidy,

I would be happy to explain the NJCP’s involvement with Brian Phillips.

In late 2003, Mr. Phillips and I had extended conversations via email discussing the NJCP and his membership. By early 2004, he had joined the party in ernest and was present at our issues convention, where he made several issue proposals that were accepted. He also accepted the position of Ocean County Chapter Leadership and held two meetings for the purpose of reviving that chapter, one of which I attended.

During this time, he had submitted an essay on conservatism which he wanted us to publish on our website,as well as send out as a letter to the editor. Pat Armstrong, who is our chairperson, told him that she felt the essay wasn’t suitable for our website, but he was free to submit it to newspapers as a letter to the editor (it should be said that everything on our website is cleared by the leadership team first).

Brian was upset and accused Miss Armstrong of being a dictator. I supported our chairperson’s decision as final (It should also be said that all leadership team members have input on decision-making, but the chairman makes the final decision).

Things came to head when Tom Phelan placed his name on the ballot for Congress in the 5th District against Scott Garrett. Brian questioned why would we run against a good conservative like Mr. Garrett. Both Pat and I explained to Brian that we’ve run candidates for office wherever we could find them, no matter who the incumbent was, and that Mr. Phelan had intended to run in his
congressional district (which he thought was either the 8th or the 5th; it turned out to be the fifth).

Brian then demanded that we force Mr. Phelan to step aside & issue an automatic apology to all conservatives in NJ. Pat refused & I backed her up. He then turned other members of the leadership team against Miss Armstrong and myself in an attempt to force us to leave the party.

We refused and he left. Shortly therafter, Kip Webster & Debbie Strong (who Brian had turned against us) also resigned, but not before the three of them used abusive language in a series of emails to denigrate our characters.

In short, Brian Phillips is a person not suited for politics because he doesn’t understand that you don’t always get your way.

As to 2005, the NJCP is running Tom Phelan for assembly in the 37th District(he filed his petitions yesterday), and is pursuing a lawsuit against the state of NJ to get the NJCP certified as a common-law party so we can register conservatives for the first time ever.

Stephen Spinosa
Vice-Chair/Treasurer, NJCP

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