John Wisniewski

Wisniewski, 54, has served in the General Assembly for the past 21 years and has made his credentials as a progressive the centerpiece of his campaign.

The son of a millwright and grandson of a fire chief, he has lived in Sayreville most of his life. Wisniewski received a bachelor’s degree in English/Economics from Rutgers University and a law degree from Seton Hall University. He established a law firm in Sayreville.

Wisniewski was elected to the Assembly in 1995 and now serves as the chair of the Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, which directs funds for roads, bridges, and other transportation projects.

As head of this committee, he also took a lead role in investigating the Bridgegate scandal, helping to expose the emails that showed that allies of Gov. Chris Christie instigated the George Washington Bridge lane closures for political purposes.

In addition to transportation, Wisniewski has focused on supporting progressive legislation to raise the minimum wage, increase the millionaire’s tax, expand voting rights, and achieve marriage equality.

He has also served as a chair of the Democratic State Committee and was the Democratic chair of the Legislative Apportionment Commission that redrew the state’s district boundaries in 2011. In 2016, Wisniewski served as the chair for Bernie Sanders’ New Jersey campaign and has sought to associate himself with Sanders’ progressive, working-family-oriented platform.

Outside of politics, Wisniewski serves on the board of United Way of Central Jersey and the Middlesex County Arts and Education Council.

He lives with his wife and three daughters in Sayreville.

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