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Wisniewski, Lesniak Moving Toward Murphy Challengers

Phil Murphy is consolidating northern New Jersey support.

Zach C. Cohen
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Zach C. Cohen
Oct. 7, 2016, 11:37 a.m.

“Un­deterred by the rap­id groundswell of Demo­crat­ic Party sup­port for” former Gold­man Sachs ex­ec­ut­ive Phil Murphy (D) “in his run for gov­ernor, state As­sembly­man John Wis­niewski (D) said Thursday he is form­ing a com­mit­tee to ex­plore his own can­did­acy in 2017.”

Wis­niewski: “I am an­noun­cing a team to look at the land­scape and pre­pare to run for of­fice if that is how things shake out.”

“In ad­di­tion,” state Sen. Ray­mond Les­niak (D) “said he has not dropped his plans to run in the Demo­crat­ic primary.”

Les­niak: “I prefer to have a head-to-head race with Murphy. … It’ll fo­cus the cam­paign on Gold­man Sachs vs. the people.” (NJ Ad­vance Me­dia)

“The Uni­on County law­makers plans to file cam­paign fin­ance pa­per­work with the Elec­tion Law En­force­ment Com­mis­sion by Fri­day af­ter­noon.” (Politico)

MURPHY’S LAW. “North­ern county Demo­crats came to­geth­er this af­ter­noon be­hind the gubernat­ori­al can­did­acy of … Murphy. … Ber­gen, Pas­sa­ic and Hud­son all muscled up be­hind Murphy, with Middle­sex and Es­sex pre­pared to do the same and oth­er counties also in, Mer­cer, Mon­mouth, Hun­ter­don, War­ren and Mor­ris among them.” (Politick­erNJ)

Ne­wark May­or Ras Baraka (D) also en­dorsed Murphy after sup­port­ing Jer­sey City Steven Fu­lop’s (D) aban­doned bid.

Baraka: “He is a fresh face in this polit­ic­al ma­chine. An out­sider, if you will, of all the power play­ers and brokers in the State of New Jer­sey, which I think is a plus for him.”

“Murphy began meet­ing with Demo­crat­ic lead­ers in 2014. He set up a think tank with the os­tens­ible aim of grow­ing New Jer­sey’s eco­nomy, but staffed it with some of New Jer­sey’s top Demo­crat­ic con­sult­ants, in­clud­ing Ju­lie Ro­g­in­sky and Brendan Gill. Murphy also spread his per­son­al wealth around lib­er­ally, donat­ing sev­er­al hun­dred thou­sand dol­lars to state and loc­al Demo­crat­ic or­gan­iz­a­tions and can­did­ates be­fore launch­ing a polit­ic­al ad­vocacy or­gan­iz­a­tion and then of­fi­cially launch­ing his cam­paign in May with a $10 mil­lion self-loan.”

“Murphy called Sweeney a ‘class act,” but would not com­mit to keep­ing him in the Sen­ate pres­id­ency” fol­low­ing Sweeney’s de­cision to skip a run for gov­ernor.

Murphy: “We’ve made no mark­ers, no de­cisions on any per­sons, seats or item what­so­ever, peri­od.” (Politico)

Murphy: “Sweeney … and I spoke briefly this morn­ing, and we’ve pledged to work to­geth­er to see that we elect Demo­crats throughout the state and up and down the tick­et next year.” (NJ Ad­vance Me­dia)

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