The Green Party of New Jersey is one of the more active Green state affiliates having run over 150 candidates for office. Its co-founders were Nick Mellis (2008-2009 Chair) and Steve Welzer. The party experienced its first non-partisan electoral victory in 1999 when (1997-1998 Party Chair) Gary Novosielski was elected by voters in Rutherford to the Board of Education of the Rutherford School District. In January 2003, Matt Ahearn a New Jersey state legislator who had been elected to the New Jersey General Assembly as a Democrat in 2002, switched his registration to the Green Party, becoming the party's first state-level representative. Ahearn ran for re-election as a Green Party candidate in 2003 but lost to Robert M. Gordon, the Democratic candidate for office.
^GreenGram, Green Party of New Jersey, May 1999. Accessed October 10, 2007. "Congratulations to longtime GPNJ member and outgoing Chair, Gary Novosielski, who was elected to the Rutherford, NJ Board of Education on April 20."
^GREEN ASSEMBLYMAN MATT AHEARN VOWS FIGHT FOR CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM, The Green Party of New Jersey press release dated January 26, 2003, updated March 28, 2003. Accessed July 27, 2007. " State Assemblyman Matthew Ahearn (G - Fair Lawn), who left the Democrats for the Green Party last week, vowed today to battle for campaign finance reform, a key Green issue, when he returns to the legislature."