Lesniak Telling People He Is Planning a NJ Gubernatorial Bid, After All

They got into a shouting match in Atlantic City at the League of Municipalities Conference last week: Union County Democratic Chairman Jerry Green and state Senator Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth).

There’s no evidence that their nose to nose encounter at Senate President Steve Sweeney’s (D-Gloucester) dinner relates to Lesniak’s forthcoming political plans, but sources in Trenton today told PolitickerNJ that the veteran senator told more than one other person he’s again planning on a 2017 gubernatorial run.

Lesniak dropped his bid earlier in the fall after former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy secured the support of North Jersey party chairs.

Now he’s evidently sniffing around again.

The progressive Democrat from Union County had originally intended to run a statewide campaign as a champion of liberal causes, then begged off to focus on winning reelection to his 20th district state senate seat.