John Wisniewski Statement to PCDO members

Assemblyman Wisniewski on why he is running for Governor
Nothing's Impossible: Why I'm running for Governor. 
EDITORIAL: Wisniewski a worthy option as governor
Nov. 16, 2016
It was beginning to look like Phil Murphy would scare away every Democratic hopeful for governor in 2017 before the race even began in earnest.

But Assemblyman John Wisniewski isn’t bowing down to the Murphy coronation. He announced his candidacy on Tuesday, giving New Jerseyans a meaningful choice next June…  Wisniewski is the only one left standing among a high-powered group of politicians who had been considering a run before being overwhelmed by Murphy’s money and collection of commitments from county party leaders…

… Murphy, meanwhile, will have to convince voters he’s not the second coming of Jon Corzine, another wealthy Goldman Sachs executive with high-minded ideals who won the governor’s seat preaching reform and independence and left four years later a highly unpopular figure.

Wisniewski hopes to ride the wave of his leading role in the legislature’s Bridgegate investigation — and subsequent events have validated his determination in that probe. But even putting that aside, Wisniewski deserves a serious look from voters…

… Wisniewski presents a serious, straightforward style that demands respect. There’s little pretense involved; he makes no apologies for being a dedicated progressive. He chaired Bernie Sanders’ New Jersey campaign, He’s refreshingly honest about the value of taxes in providing revenue for needed services that can’t always be generated by spending cuts and economic growth. Many New Jerseyans don’t want to hear that. But it’s often the truth.

As chairman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, Wisniewski opposed the recent deal to increase the gas tax because he doesn’t believe it goes far enough; he says the eight-year agreement will lead to another hike beyond that, and he doesn’t support the tax-cut tradeoffs that made the deal palatable to Gov. Chris Christie and Republicans. Critics say that’s just more tax-and-spend talk. But he’s probably right…

… Something felt wrong about the Murphy groundswell threatening to secure the nomination so early. Wisniewski can at least make it a contest.



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