Patrick McKnight

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Patrick McKnight
Candidate for
New Jersey General Assembly, District 16
Bachelor'sRutgers University
Date of birthFebruary 10, 1985
Place of birthSkillman, NJ
Campaign website
Patrick McKnight was a 2013 Libertarian candidate for District 16 of the New Jersey General Assembly.


McKnight earned his B.A. in Philosophy and his B.A. in Sociology from Rutgers University in 2007. His professional experience includes being the President of US Athletic Fields, working as an organic farmer and as a former History teacher at Camden Academy Charter School.[1]


Campaign themes


McKnight's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

  • Ban red-light cameras:
Excerpt: "These Orwellian revenue generation mechanisms have been statistically shown to increase accidents. Law-abiding Citizens should not be monitored like prisoners."
  • Improve public education while decreasing spending. Eliminate the standardized testing that stifles critical thinking:
Excerpt: "Make literacy, history and economics the focus of the public curriculum. Encourage competition through school choice. As a former Camden, NJ high school history teacher I understand how badly our current system fails our students while bankrupting taxpayers. Throwing money at failing schools does not solve our education problems, it subsidizes them."
  • Nullify the Anti-Constitutional tyranny of the NDAA and PATRIOT ACT:
Excerpt: "Introduce the Liberty Preservation Act to restore due process. Since the NDAA was passed in 2011 the federal government has assumed the dangerous, illegal authority to indefinitely detain any US Citizen without judge, jury, trial, lawyer or any due process of law. In a free society individuals are innocent until proven guilty."
  • Label Genetically-Modified “Foods”:
Excerpt: "These “food products” have not been adequately tested and have been linked to food allergies and cancer. Empower consumers to make informed choices about the food they and their families put into their bodies. Legalize raw milk."
  • I support the Travel Freedom Act:
Excerpt: "Our families should be able to travel freely without illegal harassment from the TSA. The TSA is invasive and indecent, it has no Constitutional jurisdiction."
  • Restore our 2nd Amendment Rights:
Excerpt: "Peaceful, law-abiding American Citizens have the right to own firearms and not be persecuted like criminals. An armed Citizenry reduces crime and limits tyranny."
  • Repudiate unconstitutional State debts:
Excerpt: "Today the state government debt is $240 billion ($90,000 per family). It’s time to stop spending money we don’t have. So far NJ voters have only approved $4 billion of NJ’s $240 billion of debt."
  • Restore Constitutional Money: The Federal Reserve is taxation without representation:
Excerpt: "I will introduce Constitutional Tender legislation to give New Jersey citizens the choice of using competing gold and silver money as mandated in Section 1 Article 10 of the US Constitution: No state shall…make anything but silver and gold coin a tender in payment of debts."
  • Solidify the banking system:
Excerpt: "Push Congress to reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act and repeal Dodd-Frank. This will end “too big to fail” bailouts. Prosecute white-collar criminals like Jon Corzine who commit fraud."
  • Legalize marijuana in New Jersey:
Excerpt: "The unconstitutional prohibition of this plant puts Citizens in jail who have harmed no one but themselves. It costs US taxpayers $42 Billion a year to imprison these non-criminals. In a free society there is no such thing as a victimless crime."



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

McKnight ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 16. He was defeated by incumbent Jack M. Ciattarelli (R) and incumbent Donna M. Simon (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[3][4][5][6]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 16 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJack Ciattarelli Incumbent 28.3% 32,125
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDonna Simon Incumbent 27.8% 31,543
     Democratic Marie Corfield 22.1% 25,112
     Democratic Ida Ochoteco 20.8% 23,682
     Libertarian Patrick McKnight 1.1% 1,202
Total Votes 113,664


See also: New Jersey's 7th Congressional District elections, 2012

McKnight ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent New Jersey's 7th District. McKnight faced Upendra Chivukula, Leonard Lance, and Dennis Breen in the general election on November 6.

U.S. House, New Jersey District 7 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Upendra Chivukula 40% 123,057
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeonard Lance Incumbent 57.2% 175,662
     Libertarian Patrick McKnight 1.3% 4,078
     Independent Dennis Breen 1.5% 4,518
Total Votes 307,315
Source: New Jersey Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


McKnight lives in Skillman, NJ.

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