Timothy St. Onge and Zachary Lamb are voting for Donald Trump.
Christian Springer supports Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.
And Carly E. Bulgia is voting for Hillary Clinton.
They are all South Jersey college students. And they are all registered Republicans.
Trump’s candidacy brought strong support and opposition from local Republican college students just as it has on the national stage.
Bulgia, a 20-year-old political science major at Stockton University, is the college’s Republican Club president.
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During the Republican presidential primaries, Bulgia supported Marco Rubio. When Rubio dropped out, she switched to John Kasich. When Kasich dropped out, she changed to Ted Cruz. A majority of her 20 club members are supporting Trump.
“I don’t agree with many of her policies, but Hillary is one of the most qualified people to run for president,” Bulgia said.
Lamb, 23, who is attending Stockton for a masters in business, voted for Mitt Romney in 2012 and will vote Republican this year.
“The way I see it, you have two choices. One candidate is pro-growth, and you have another trying to solve perceived injustices through the tax code and higher taxes,” said Lamb, who is from Lavallette, Ocean County.
Lamb, who was president of the Stockton Republican Club last year, said it is not easy to get more people to join the club. His alignment with Republicans is mostly due to the party’s conservative economic policies, he said.
He obtained a Trump sign from the Ocean County Republican Club in early September and hung it in the window of his campus apartment for a while.
But he said he took it down because he didn’t want anything thrown at his window.
St. Onge, head of the 30-member Students for Trump at Rowan University, said he was drawn to Trump’s isolationist and nationalistic policies.
St. Onge, 23, said he found that many of his friends were not registered to vote. His group registered 60 people on Oct. 17, the last day to register in this state in time for the election. They would have registered more, but they ran out of forms, he said.
Trump’s appeal to young voters is relatively low. He has earned the support of just 25 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 29, according to a Washington Post-ABC poll from last month.
Springer, 22, is the vice president of the Rowan University Republicans. Some of his club members are thinking of voting for Johnson while others will vote for Trump, he said. He has never been a Trump supporter. He said he would probably vote for Johnson.
“What is college for than to learn how to be contrarian?” he said.