November 15, 2016
New Jersey Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski has announced he is running for governor in 2017.
Wisniewski is an attorney from Sayreville in Middlesex County. He served as state Democratic committee chairman in 2010 and is widely known for co-chairing the legislative inquiry into the 2013 George Washington Bridge lane closures.
As so, he is a pointed critic of Gov. Chris Christie, whose term ends in 2018.
A description on a YouTube video announcing his bid on Tuesday states, “What I see in New Jersey is a middle class that's under siege; leadership that doesn't care about the working men and women of this state. I believe it's time to have policies for everyone in our state. That is why I am proud to announce I'm running for governor of New Jersey.”
Wisniewski had also served as Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders' New Jersey chairman during the 2016 Democratic primary before backing party candidate Hillary Clinton.
Wisniewski will be joined in the race for New Jersey governor by Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli.