Wisniewski restarts candidacy for governor

Democratic gubernatorial front runner Phil Murphyturned down a meeting with Assemblyman John Wisniewski to discuss the lawmaker’s decision to end his ailing campaign.

Sources say the Goldman Sachs veteran has taken offense to some of the lawmaker’s remarks and wants to leave him dangling, abruptly cancelling a noon pow wow.


Struggling to raise money after falling short of the halfway mark to qualify for public campaign financing, mired in a pay to play scandal that highlights both his incompetence as a lawyer and poor character as a politician, and under attack from a genuine progressive over a series of anti-abortion votes, John Wisniewski was expected to end his candidacy for governor today until a massive snowstorm blanketed the entire Northeastern region from Boston to Philadelphia.

Documents filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission show Wisniewski collected $189,046.20 in donations, spent $108,313.46 and still has obligations to pay $90,983.55.

In a Feb. 3 letter, Keyport Borough Attorney Joseph Baumann, Jr. summarily fired Wisniewski and informed him that his firm, Wisniewski & Associates, “has been disqualified from further representation of the Borough as of this date.”

Wisniewski was it’s borough attorney when Keyport passed an ordinance that bars professional service contractors from giving campaign contributions of more than $300 per election to influence their selection.

Baumann said Wisniewski’s firm donated $1,000 in 2014 to the Monmouth County Democratic Party, one of the forbidden entities.

Wisniewski, who has been in the Assembly for 21 years, his legislative campaign account to donate nearly $18,000 to the Monmouth County Democratic Party while his law firm worked for Keyport, a loophole he left in the law big enough to drive a truck through.

Wisniewski voted at least three times to outlaw abortion procedures and he voted twice to restrict access to abortion for some New Jersey women, according to the only woman seeking the Democratic nod for governor.

The anti-abortion laws Wisniewski supported were later declared unconstitutional after challenges were filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Lisa McCormick says she considers the legislator to be just as dangerous as Wall Street billionaire Philip Murphy, who is trying to buy the election, because his profile makes him a hindrance in consolidating support among voters who supported Sanders last year.

“The biggest problem in New Jersey politics is that too often, money determines who wins and who loses,” said McCormick. “I have a plan to change that but we need to unify behind a progressive candidate who is worthy of our votes. Wisniewski has distracted some people.”

“For more than 20 years, John Wisniewski has wended his way through politics in the middle of the road, cashing in whenever he could,” she said. “That is not leadership. It is leeching. John Wisniewski is no Bernie Sanders.”

Robert Becker, Wisniewski’s campaign manager, is meeting Friday with representatives fellow Democrat and gubernatorial front runner Phil Murphy, according to a source close to Wisniewski.

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