Meeting of the Lakewood Coffee Party

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

Politics. I really like covering politics. Ever since the excitement of the last presidential race, I have had a soft spot for it. I think it is probably the emotion that it brings out in people that I like more than anything. Last Saturday, a new party was taking shape in a Coffee shop in Belmar. It was a meeting of the Coffee Party. As one member described it, the party is the antidote to the Tea Party. From what I interpreted, they party prides themselves on being non-partisan and open to constructive reform through more positive means. It is pretty much the direct opposite of the raucous tactics of the Tea Party.

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

During the meeting, a state representative actually wondered into the coffee shop. State Rep. Max Tyler, House Dist. 23, came to the shop to use the WIFI to return emails to his constituents. He overheard the conversation and introduced himself to the group. If this is as popular as their web sites’ statistics make it out to be, the Tea Party might have some opposition.

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