John Wisniewski

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John Wisniewski
New Jersey General Assembly District 19
In office
1996 - Present
Term ends
January 2014
Years in position 18
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected1995
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sRutgers University
J.D.Seton Hall University School of Law, 1987
Place of birthPerth Amboy, NJ
Office website
Campaign website
John Wisniewski is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 19th District since 1996. He has served as a Deputy Speaker of the Assembly since 2004 and was Assistant Majority Leader from 2002-2003.

Wisniewski earned his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his J.D. from Seton Hally University School of Law in 1987. He is a board member of United Way of Central New Jersey, an executive board member of the Middlesex County Arts and Education Council, and chairman of the Sayreville Democratic Organization.[1]

Committee assignments



  • 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


Wisniewski's official campaign website lists four campaign themes:Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag</blockquote>



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Wisniewski ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 19. Wisniewski was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. He is challenged by Craig J. Coughlin (D), Arif Khan (R), and Stephanie Ziemba (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[3]


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.[4]

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


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.[5] He was bracketed with Craig Coughlin.[6]

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


In 2011, Wisniewski received $882,223 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

New Jersey General Assembly 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Wisniewski's campaign in 2011
New Jersey Education Association$16,400
Utility & Transportation Contractors Association$16,400
New Jersey Democratic Party$13,875
Communications Workers New Jersey$13,200
Total Raised in 2011 $882,223
Total Votes received in 2011 18,241
Cost of each vote received $48.36


Below are Wisniewski's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2009 election:[8]

Contributor 2009 total
Associated General Contractors Of New Jersey $16,400
Heavy & General Construction Laborers Local 472 $16,400
Utility & Transportation Contractors Association $15,300
New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters $13,500
International Brotherhood Of Teamsters $13,200



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Wisniewski and his wife have three children.

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