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Former Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), who served as state chairman for the Bernie Sanders for President campaign in 2016, today said he’s not ready to commit to a 2020 presidential candidate at present.
Sanders formally launched his 2020 candidacy earlier today.
“Right now, I want to see how the field shapes up,” said Wisniewski, a former state party chairman who ran for governor in the 2017 Democratic Primary and received over 108,000 votes as a progressive alternative to eventual winner Phil Murphy.
The Sayreville product said he’s encouraged by the big field of contenders, which reminds him of the 1976 Democratic Primary season, which ultimately produced Jimmy Carter.
“I believe primaries are good for the party, and better than a coronation,” Wisniewski said. “I identify a lot with what Bernie Sanders said in 2016, but let’s see how the field shakes out. We still haven’t heard from Bloomberg or Biden.
“I think Biden has a compelling story to tell,” he added, when prodded by InsiderNJ for his opinion of the fromer vice president, “but he’s more of a centrist. I’m not sure it’s where the party is today.”
He said U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) isn’t a non-starter, but he’s also unwilling to back him at this time.
“I’m in a look and see mode,” Wisniewski said. “Certainly Cory has a very compelling story and is a spellbinding speaker.”