There’s a choice in CD12 that won’t motivate Lesniak

As Union County Democratic Committee Chairman Jerry Green confronts the challenge of whom to back in the CD12 Democratic Primary, state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-20) has made it clear he won’t support one of the choices in play.

He also insists it’s all Green’s call.

“I’ve told him, and I’ve told others, that it’s the chairman’s decision, it’s Jerry Green’s decision,” Lesniak said.

But the Mercer choice is a non-starter for the veteran senator from Elizabeth.

Lesniak told Green that if Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15) is Green’s choice, “I won’t lift a finger to help her.”

There’s a history there with some acrimony.

Watson Coleman’s Democratic State Party chairmanship was sandwiched somewhere between Lesniak’s and Assemblyman Joe Cryan’s (D-20).

But it was last year’s collision over the state party chairmanship that kick-started the bad blood.

Watson Coleman and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono told Lesniak he would lose if he didn’t bow out of his challenge of Buono’s state party chair choice, Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell (D-31).

It was just bad blood compounded.

There’s a choice in CD12 that won’t motivate Lesniak