WESTPORT — Despite being a registered Republican, Westporter Melissa Joan Hart is throwing her support behind Gary Johnson, presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party.

Hart, who starred in “Clarissa Explains It All” and “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” told People she was tabbed as the Connecticut chairwoman for Johnson’s campaign.

“I want to break away from this two-party system, and I think it’s important for people to know that there’s another candidate out there who really toes the line between Democrat and Republican,” Hart told People. “I mean he’s Libertarian. But socially he’s liberal, but fiscally conservative.”

Johnson, a former Republican governor of New Mexico, is joined on the Libertarian ticket by another former Republican governor, William Weld, of Massachusetts. Both were two-term governors.

According to the New York Times average of national polls, Johnson is sitting at around 8 percent. He was left out of Monday’s debate because he did not meet the 15 percent polling requirement.

“Governors, I love, because they already ran their state as like a little president,” Hart told People. “So he gets the way, you know, things run. The politics of it all.”

Earlier this month, Johnson faced an avalanche of doubt about his capability to grapple with foreign policy issues, most notably, the conflict in Syria that has left over 500,000 people dead and millions displaced, creating an enormous refugee crisis. When Johnson was asked on MSNBC how he would handle the refugee crisis in the ravaged Syrian city of Aleppo, he responded, “What is Aleppo?”

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