Gubernatorial Nomination Races Heating Up

Democrat Phil Murphy won the “line” in nine counties in the past week–Atlantic, Camden, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Salem, and Somerset. He also introduced a plan to use Wall Street mortgage crisis settlement monies to purchase and convert to affordable housing properties under foreclosure in the state.

Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) crossed the threshold of $450,000 raised and qualified for matching funds. He also took Murphy to task for what he describes as the former Goldman Sachs executive’s investment in a company that worked with the Trump organization to build an office tower in India, and Murphy’s past working relationship with the Goldman Sachs executives now working with President Trump.

Senator Ray Lesniak (D-20) continued to talk about issues nobody else is raising. This week he cited a State Commission of Investigation report that alleges “organized crime and other dishonest figures” have infiltrated the recycling industry. He also criticized Murphy’s plan for a state bank.

Clinton Administration senior Treasury official Jim Johnson received some positive press this week with write-ups in the Inquirer and NJ Advance Media but he has yet to achieve any real traction in the ground game, contests to secure the valuable county “line” on the primary ballot.

Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) upped the competitiveness of the race for the GOP nomination with victories in Essex, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Union counties, though the Union the margin was a narrow 113-92. He also qualified for matching funds.

Lieutenant Governor Kin Guadagno (R) took the Atlantic County line with Ciattarelli finishing third behind a local businessman, Hirsh Singh. She also won big in Bergen County, the week’s biggest prize, with 397 votes to 108 for Ciattarelli and 30 for Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers.

Comedian Joe Piscopo continued to make noises about running as an Independent.

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