A party chairman’s fight today lit up a longtime 19th District rivalry, with words from Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac and Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Sayreville) finally boiling over into the press just hours before the two sides square off at the Pines in Edison.
A backer of former FBI man Peter Barnes for party chairman, Wisniewski, who serves as state party chairman, earlier today jabbed indirectly at McCormac when he told PolitickerNJ.com that Barnes would not be seen strolling with Gov. Chris Christie as he underscored his candidate’s party bona fides.
On the same week in 2009 that Christie trampled Jon Corzine in Woodbridge and defeated the Democratic governor in Middlesex County by three points, the Republican governor-elect surfaced at Woodbridge and wandered the business district with the mayor.
McCormac backs labor leader Kevin McCabe in tonight’s fight.
“Mr. Wisniewski still does not understand that I’m not running for chairman,” said the mayor. “It’s pathetic that the State Democratic Chairman is attacking the Democratic mayor of the largest town in his district. So much for his own bona fides.”
An ally of McCormac’s who also backs McCabe, state Sen. Joe Vitale (D-Woodbridge) said Barnes backers were blitzing the district with phone calls purporting to be the Middlesex County Democratic Organization on behalf of Barnes.
“It’s an act of desperation and I’m really disappointed that a supporter of Kevin’s opponent would do that,” Vitale said.