New Jersey Democrats are expected to elect Paul Bontempo, a lobbyist and the scion of an old political family, to serve as a Democratic National Committeeman from New Jersey. He will succeed Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville), who gives up his DNC seat since he gets a vote as the new Democratic State Chairman.
Bontempo, a partner at MBI-Gluck Shaw, spent eight years on the DNC. His late father, Salvatore Bontempo, was a fixture in New Jersey politics for six decades. Once considered a potential gubernatorial candidate, Sal Bontempo was a Newark City Commissioner, held a post at the U.S. Department of State during the Kennedy Administration, served in Gov. Richard Hughes’ cabinet, was the chairman of the New Jersey Highway Authority, and served as the Democratic State Chairman from 1969 to 1973.