John Wisniewski, NJ Assemblyman (D19 Sayreville) and Deputy Speaker announced Tuesday his candidacy for governor of New Jersey in 2017.
Wisniewski has made minimum wage his signature issue.Â He advocates an increase of the state minimum wage from $8.38 to $15.00, according to ABC7.
Wisniewski voted against the gas tax.
Wisniewski was chairman of Bernie Sanders NJ campaign committee.
Pursuit of Chris Christie
Wisniewski co-chaired a committee looking into Christieâ€™s involvement of Bridgegate.Â The New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigations filed suit in 2014 against Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Stepian.Â The committee, which he co-chaired with Loretta Weinberg, slowed its work in 2015. Â Wisniewski recommended reconstitution of the committee after Kelly and the others were convicted in 2016.
Christie, shunned by the Trump transition team, has returned to NJ. Â He seems intent on overshadowing Kim Guadagno, who differing with him in the weeks leading to the presidential election..
The New Jersey Assembly has greater responsibilities to its citizens than prosecuting Christie. Â It needs to get back to work.
Is Wisniewski serious?
If Wisniewski intends to mount a serious campaign, heâ€™ll need to catch up to Phil Murphy, whose campaign took in $2 million in the second quarter of 2016 and spent $1.7 million, a year ahead of the primary.Â The New Jersey governorâ€™s race is an expensive one.Â Real players need to sit at the table with a large bankroll.