Just days after Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) won the Princeton Democratic Club’s endorsement for governor in the Democratic Primary over former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy, the Wisniewski Campaign absorbed an attack in the form of a mail piece calling into question the candidate’s progressive bonafides.
Pointing his finger at the Murphy Campaign, Wisniewski Campaign Manager Robert Becker decried the mail piece (above).
“By claiming John Wisniewski is ‘siding with the gun lobby,’ Phil Murphy showed just how desperate and hypocritical his campaign has become,” said Becker in a statement. “Let’s be very clear: John Wisniewski has served 21 years in the New Jersey Assembly and has never supported the manufacture of more machine guns or assault weapons.”
The longshot’s campaign manager then picked at what Wisniewski sees as Murphy’s vulnerability in a populist and progressive atmosphere: the front-runner’s corporate credentials.
“Phil Murphy can’t say that, because he has personally profited off guns,’ Becker said. “Murphy served in a position of authority at Goldman Sachs for 23 years and never once publicly spoke out about the manufacture of guns — despite Goldman making billions by investing and partnering with some of biggest gun makers in the country. Murphy’s desperate and hypocritical attack shows a politician in deep trouble. After two-plus years running for governor and spending $10 million of his Goldman Sachs fortune, Murphy finds himself in the FDU poll training ‘I don’t know’ [50%] and tied with ‘Someone else’ [17%].'”
Wisniewski Campaign Spokesman Greg Minchak noted that the piece has “paid for by Murphy for Governor” printed on it. The Murphy Campaign did not immediately respond for comment.