Wisniewski announced his candidacy yesterday in a YouTube video
The veteran legislator from Middlesex County is chairman
of the Assembly Transportation Committee. He used that position to lead a legislative inquiry into the Bridgegate affair along with Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg.
The joint committee suspended its work after U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman asked them to stand down as he was preparing to present the government's case against Bridgegate defendants Bill Baroni and Bridget Anne Kelly. Both defendants, close aides to Gov. Chris Christie, subsequently were convicted on all charges.
Prior to the trial, Wisniewski gained public attention with appearances on national news shows and in many print stories covering the political scandal.
He also was the only state legislator to endorse former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and he led Senator Sanders' New Jersey campaign.
Following are two newspaper stories on Assemblyman Wisniewski's gubernatorial announcement and a video interview that we did with him during the Democratic National Presidential Convention last July in Philadelphia.
Wisniewski announces he will run for governor
Five things to know about John Wisniewski
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