“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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