In just ten years, the New Jersey Democratic State Chairman has gone from endorsing millionaire self-funders to bashing them. In 2000, when Wall Streeter Jon Corzine spent $75 million to win a United States Senate seat, then-party chairman Thomas Giblin was an enthusiastic backer. Indeed, Corzine spent more than $140 million on his three campaigns for public office. Now the Republicans have recruited three wealthy challengers to run for Congress – former NFL star Jon Runyan, newspaper publisher Diane Gooch, and businessman Scott Sipprelle – so the new Democratic State Chairman, Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville), is attacking them for being self-funders. “Gooch, Runyan and Sipprelle are taking their millions to buy a seat in Congress,” middle-class champion Wisniewski says. “We don’t need three new millionaire members of the ‘Party of No’ to side with Wall Street and insurance companies.
Republicans, by the way, would have agreed with Wisniewski — maybe as recently as last year.