Analilia Mejia, executive director of the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, announced that the group has endorsed a endorsed Wall Street billionaire for the Democratic nomination for governor out of a field of 11 candidates.
“We firmly believe Phil Murphy offers our state the right commitment, strategic plan and vision to dismantle inequality and turn back the effects of eight years of incompetent leadership,”said Mejia. “Phil’s agenda is centered on policies that are deeply important to the lives and fortunes of our state’s middle and working class.”
The move angered some contenders for the Democratic nomination, who noted Working Families excluded most of the contenders from its screening process.
The group supported Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential primary, but refused to back Assemblyman John Wisniewski, who chaired the Sanders campaign in New Jersey. Murphy also has an endorsement from the senator’s son, Levi Sanders.
“Murphy is a deeply flawed candidate who would put the Governor’s office at risk even against a weak Republican opponent,” said Robert Becker, John Wisniewski’s campaign manager.
“New Jersey Working Families Alliances talks about progressive change for all of us, but by endorsing Wall Street billionaire Phil Murphy, the group reveals its agenda is not centered on the lives our state’s middle and working class,” said Lisa McCormick. “There is a class war going on in America and it is time for those of us among the 99 percent of the population that have been robbed and cheated to start fighting back.”
“Phil Murphy spent 23 years as a top executive at Goldman Sachs, the premiere source of Republican Donald Trump’s cabinet and a notorious investment back that triggered the financial crisis with unrestrained greed,” said McCormick.”Wall Street billionaires are not worthy of our support. They are the ones we are fighting against. It is time to take this revolution to the next level and fight back like our lives depended on it.”
Senator Ray Lesniak and former Undersecretary to the U.S. Treasury Jim Johnson have been critical of Murphy for these ties and the candidates $10 million loan to his campaign. However, as with Working Families, many of New Jersey’s labor unions are falling in step with Murphy’s campaign.
A Quinnipac poll released Wednesday found that most Democratic voters, 57 percent, are undecided.
Other Democratic candidates for governor include Paul Binetti, manager of a gay night club; Bill Brennan, a retired Teaneck firefighter; Mark Zinna, a Tenafly councilman; bank teller Titus Pierce; Monica Brinson, a pharmaceutical sales representative; and Rpbert Hoatson, a former Roman Catholic priest.
Republican lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno is expecting a challenge from comedian Joe Piscopo, to succeed Governor Chris Christie when he is term-limited out next year. Also running in the GOP primary ar Joe Rullo, Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli.
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