The 2017 race for Governor of NJ is heating up early

This was a big week in New Jersey for Democratic gubernatorial politics.

murphy-endorsement.pngJersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, considered a top gubernatorial contender by many, dropped out of the race. He followed up by endorsing declared candidate, Phil Murphy.

State Senate President, Steve Sweeney, considered a prime contender for the nomination, surprised many. He took himself out of the race.

New Jersey State Democratic Committee Chair John Currie and a number of Democratic County Committee Chairs from northern New Jersey, including Sussex County Democratic Committee Chair Leslie Huhn, endorsed Phil Murphy.

At the moment it appears that the field for the 2017 gubernatorial nomination consists of former Ambassador Phil Murphy, State Senator Ray Lesniak and Assemblyman John Wisniewski.  Murphy announced his candidacy in May.

Lesniak says he’s running and will make it official soon.

Wisniewski, a/k/a “The Wiz,” who is popular with many in Sussex County, and elsewhere, for his efforts co-chairing the legislative committee inquiring into Bridgegate, has yet to declare. But, he’s considering a run.

Meanwhile, there’s news from the Republican front. Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli announced that he is seeking the GOP nomination for Governor.