Recap of PCDO Gubernatorial Endorsement Vote

On the evening of Sunday, February 12, the Princeton Community Democratic Organization held its gubernatorial candidate forum and endorsement meeting at the Suzanne Patterson Center in Princeton. More than 300 people attended the standing-room only event, with some being turned away at the door. The forum featured four leading Democratic candidates for governor: Jim Johnson, Raymond Lesniak, Phil Murphy, and John Wisniewski. The PCDO’s First Vice President, Dwaine Williamson, moderated the event. After the candidates each delivered short opening statements, Williamson asked them questions supplied by the crowd, ranging over such topics as immigration, the Affordable Care Act, charter schools, pension reform, and the recently enacted gas tax. While each of the candidates offered their own visions and proposals, they were unified in their rejection of the Christie administration and in their commitment to electing a strong Democratic candidate as governor of New Jersey.

After a first round of voting by members of the PCDO, Murphy and Wisniewski faced off in a run-off, which Wisniewski won, earning just over 60% of the vote, the necessary amount to earn the organization’s endorsement. The meeting was broadcast live through Facebook, and a video of the gubernatorial forum is available on the PCDO’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/PrincetonDemocrats/.

Before the forum, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker spoke about the current political situation and upcoming race in LD-16

Future monthly meetings of the PCDO will be held on March 19, April 23, May 21, and June 11 at 7 p.m. at the Suzanne Patterson Center. The March 19 meeting will feature a Candidate Forum and Membership Endorsement Votes for Local Races. At the April 23 meeting, Brandie Canes-Wrone, the Donald E. Stokes Professor of Public and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton, will speak on the impact of campaign donors on congressional and presidential behavior.

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