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John Wisniewski

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John Wisniewski
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New Jersey General Assembly District 19
Incumbent
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 18
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected1995
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sRutgers University
J.D.Seton Hall University School of Law, 1987
Personal
Birthday06/28/1962
Place of birthPerth Amboy, NJ
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
John S. Wisniewski is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 1995. He has served as the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly since 2004 and was Assistant Majority Leader from 2002-2003.

Wisniewski is a board member for the United Way of Central New Jersey, an executive board member for the Middlesex County Arts and Education Council and chairman of the Sayreville Democratic Organization.[1]

Biography

Wisniewski earned his B.A. from Rutgers University and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1987. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.[1]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Wisniewski served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Transportation and Independent Authorities, Chair
New Jersey Legislative Select Committee on Investigation, Co-Chair
Environment and Solid Waste

2010-2012

In the 2010-2012 legislative session, Wisniewski served on the following committees:

Issues

  • A709 Provides enhanced penalties for drunk drivers with blood alcohol concentration of 0.17% or greater.
  • A1017 Establishes commission to study the sale and lease of State assets.
  • A1034 Requires legislators to serve full-time; establishes annual compensation.
  • A2561 Requires certain public contract bid advertisements to contain certified cost estimates or estimate ranges of projected contract costs and specifies grounds for rejections of all bids.[2]

Campaign themes

2013

Wisniewski's official campaign website listed four campaign themes:[3]

Budget

  • Excerpt: "Every year, I see my taxes rise and the amount of money left in my family’s budget shrink. What is the State doing to control reckless spending and rising taxes?”

Changing Trenton

  • Excerpt: "I would never want to use my kids’ college funds to pay for today’s bills, but whenever Trenton addresses a problem, it seems that they raid dedicated accounts and rely on one-time fixes that do nothing to invest in the long run.”

Education

  • Excerpt: "Education is one of the most important responsibilities of government. It provides a foundation for the future success of our children and our economy. It is an issue that requires the constant attention of any legislator.”

Safety

  • Excerpt: "My neighbor and I keep reading about horrible accidents involving teenage drivers. As parents, we get particularly unnerved when we imagine our kids on the same roads with the aggressive drivers we have to deal with on a daily basis. What is the state doing to protect our kids?”

National Political Awareness Test

Wisniewski's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2007 National Political Awareness Test are available. When asked his top priorities, he answered:

My legislative priorities are to first draft and seek passage of legislation to restore financial stability to the NJ Transportation Trust Fund. Second, to continue to explore ways to reduce the size of or make more efficient local government, work that was first started when I co-chaired the Joint Committee on Gov't Consolidation and Shared Services.

Finally, to develop and seek passage of legislation that would equitably fund all of our school districts.[4]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Wisniewski won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 19. Wisniewski was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He and incumbent Craig J. Coughlin (D) defeated Arif Khan (R) and Stephanie Ziemba (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[5][6][7][8]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 19 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Wisniewski Incumbent 33.7% 24,404
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCraig J. Coughlin Incumbent 30.9% 22,393
     Republican Stephanie Ziemba 18.5% 13,406
     Republican Arif Khan 16.8% 12,151
Total Votes 72,354

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Wisniewski won re-election in 2011. Wisniewski and incumbent Craig Coughlin ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Angel Leon and Shane Robinson in the November 8 general election.[9]

New Jersey General Assembly District 19 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Wisniewski Incumbent 34% 18,241
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCraig Coughlin Incumbent 32.6% 17,492
     Republican Angel Leon 16.8% 9,008
     Republican Shane Robinson 16.6% 8,915
Total Votes 53,656

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Running for re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election, Wisniewski received 24,210 votes (29%), defeating Republican challengers Peter Kothari and Richard Piatkowski, as well as Change and Commitment candidate Barry Adler and Independent Conservative candidate James Poesl.[10] He was bracketed with Craig Coughlin. [11]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Nineteenth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png John S. Wisniewski (D) 24,329
Green check mark transparent.png Craig J. Coughlin (D) 22,226
Richard W. Piatkowski (R) 17,555
Peter Kothari (R) 16,846

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wisniewski is available dating back to 1997. Based on available campaign finance records, Wisniewski raised a total of $4,201,903 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 16, 2013.[12]

John Wisniewski's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 19 Won $882,223
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 19 Won $831,053
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 19 Won $806,382
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 19 Won $911,874
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 19 Won $311,160
2001 New Jersey General Assembly, District 19 Won $187,696
1999 New Jersey General Assembly, District 19 Won $167,236
1997 New Jersey General Assembly, District 19 Won $104,279
Grand Total Raised $4,201,903

2011

Wisniewski won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Wisniewski raised a total of $882,223.

2009

Wisniewski won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Wisniewski raised a total of $831,053.

2007

Wisniewski won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Wisniewski raised a total of $806,382.

2005

Wisniewski won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Wisniewski raised a total of $911,874.

2003

Wisniewski won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Wisniewski raised a total of $311,160.

2001

Wisniewski won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2001. During that election cycle, Wisniewski raised a total of $187,696.

1999

Wisniewski won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1999. During that election cycle, Wisniewski raised a total of $167,236.

1997

Wisniewski won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1997. During that election cycle, Wisniewski raised a total of $104,279.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Wisniewski’s endorsements included the following:[13] [14]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey

2011

In 2011, Wisniewski’s endorsements included the following:[15]

Personal

Wisniewski and his wife have three children.

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