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on October 27, 2016 at 7:58 AM
Supporters of Hillary Clinton use the catchphrase “I’m with her” to indicate support for the former secretary of state’s presidential campaign, but Clinton isn’t the only “her” running for president.
Here in New Jersey, Clinton is on the ballot with four other women, including Jersey City’s own Monica Moorehead, the nominee of the far-left Workers World Party.
Moorehead, 64, has run for president and lost twice before and she will not win this time either. She and her running mate, North Carolina man Lamont Lilly, are on the ballot only in New Jersey, Utah and Wisconsin. A sweep on Nov. 8 would give the team 30 electoral votes. The winner needs 270.
The objective of Moorehead’s 2016 bid, she said, is not to defeat Clinton or Trump but to bring attention to issues she said are ignored by Democrats and Republicans: police brutality, ending war, abolishing capitalism.
“Vote for Socialism!” reads a heading on the party’s campaign website.
Speaking to The Jersey Journal in her Bentley Avenue home with a black-and-white cat, Jasmine, curled up by her side, Moorehead said she thinks little of Trump — “a racist who has fascistic tendencies, who is misogynist” — and Clinton, whom she calls a “warmonger” and “just terrible.”
“You have these two choices, which we feel are not choices at all,” she said. “You’re either choosing between a quick death or a slower death.”
Not that Moorehead completely disagrees with the two leading candidates. Trump, down in the polls nationally and in key battleground states, is alleging that the election is “rigged.” Moorehead agrees, for different reasons.
“They are rigged every four years,” she said. “You’re forced to vote for the lesser evil, so to speak. The Democrats and Republicans, we feel, both represent the interests of corporate America.”