Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) routinely sparred over Bridgegate when Wisniewski chaired the joint committee looking into the scandal and the latter fiercely defended his friend and ally, Gov. Chris Christie.
“It’s not Bridgegate, it’s Wiz-gate,” Bramnick protested. But Wisniewski’s investigations into the George Washington Bridge scandal produced the emails revealing that the Christie administration – namely Deputy Chief of Staff Brigid Kelly – had real-time knowledge of the infamous bridge closure.
Bramnick didn’t throw any punches yesterday, however, when PolitickerNJ asked him to respond to the news that his old rival had endorsed socialist Senator Bernie Sanders for president.
“That’s probably smart,” said Bramnick, considering the political ramifications for his cross-the-aisle assemblyman.
“If you look at [front-runner] Hillary Clinton, she’s uncomfortable in a town hall setting,” said Bramnick. “Bernie Sanders is relaxed.”
But didn’t Sanders miss an opportunity when he refused ina debate to attack Clinton over her usse of a personal email account, PolitickerNJ asked Bramnick.
“No,” said the assembly Republican. “You don’t always have to attack to score points. Sometimes, the facts simply speak for themselves.”
“Spoken like a true lawyer,” said Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-21), pictured, above, with Bramnick at last night’s Cranford reorganization meeting.