John Wisniewski was born and raised in New Jersey.
He grew up in Sayreville and graduated from Sayreville War Memorial High School. He went to Rutgers University for college and later earned his law degree from Seton Hall University.
The son of a millwright and grandson of a Fire Chief, John understands working families and knows the values of Main Street, New Jersey. As a young man in high school and college, John started his own small business earning pocket money as a photographer.
John and his wife, Debbie, still live in Sayreville where they have raised three daughters, Emily, Sarah and Rachel.
Elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1995, John has earned a reputation as one of New Jersey’s most progressive and productive legislators.
As the chair of the Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee since 2002, John has sponsored and led to the passage of millions in funds to improve roads, bridges and other transportation projects. He has fought efforts by the Port Authority to double bridge tolls, proposed a State Transportation Infrastructure Bank, and led the effort to stop Governor Jon Corzine from selling off and privatizing the New Jersey Turnpike.
As a leading advocate for working people, John has sponsored legislation to increase the minimum wage, fought for middle class property tax relief that also makes millionaires pay their fair share, worked to restore the earned income tax credit, and sponsored the Garden State Manufacturing Act to encourage the creation of jobs in New Jersey.
John has always fought for justice and equality for all of New Jersey’s citizens. He led efforts to expand voting rights and was an early sponsor of legislation to provide marriage equality for the LGBT community.
During his time in public life, John has never backed away from taking on the powerful on behalf of the people — whether it was Wall Street banks or Chris Christie.
In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, John lobbied big banks to provide mortgage forbearance for victims of the storm. He also sponsored legislation to oversee Sandy recovery money and guarantee it got to deserving victims.
Perhaps John’s most well known battle was exposing the Christie Administration’s Bridgegate scandal. Under John’s leadership, the Transportation Committee found the emails that proved the Christie Administration had illegally shut down the George Washington Bridge for petty, political purposes.
In 2016, John served as the New Jersey chair of Bernie Sanders campaign for President. Together with Senator Sanders, he has fought to build a Democratic Party that will challenge the billionaire class corrupting our political system and maintaining an economy that sends most new wealth to the richest one percent.
A recent MyCentralJersey.com editorial heralded John Wisniewski as “a worthy option as governor,” praising him for presenting “a serious, straightforward style that demands respect. There’s little pretense involved; he makes no apologies for being a dedicated progressive…”
As New Jersey’s next governor, John Wisniewski will take on the corrupt political and economic interests — and be a champion for working and middle-class families.