After ‘porn and guns’ mailer, Wagner pledges to run positive forever more

After a negative flyer her campaign issued cost her the endorsement of the state’s second largest newspaper, Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (D-Paramus) said she will change the way she campaigns.

“I think that I’ve matured as a candidate and as an assemblyperson, and if I choose to run again in the future, I will only do positive pieces,” said Wagner, a freshman running for re-election with fellow incumbent Joan Voss (D-Fort Lee). “And you can hold me to that.”

The now infamous “Porn and Guns” mailer – which accuses Republican opponents Nicholas Lonzisero and Judith Fisher of having ties to the pornography industry and of renting space to a gun shop located near a school (both charges are based in fact, but stretched to logical extreme) – had even Democrats scratching their heads as to why incumbents in a relatively safe district would engage in slash and burn campaigning.

Ultimately, it cost the two Democrats the otherwise wrapped up endorsement of The Record, which praised their legislative records and said the Republicans “offer mostly boilerplate Republican talking points.” Nevertheless, the paper called the flyer a “deal-breaker” and, in its last line, endorsed the Republicans.

“I just leave out the last sentence. My record is strong. Joan’s record is strong,” said Wagner. “And to be judged by a mailer is foolish.”

After ‘porn and guns’ mailer, Wagner pledges to run positive forever more