Straining to Stay Relevant in Gov. Race, Lesniak Strafes Murphy on Twitter

State Sen. appeals directly to members of unions that backed his rival

State Senator Ray Lesniak is trying to peel away support from his rival for the Democratic governor nomination.

State Senator Ray Lesniak is trying to peel away support from his rival for the Democratic governor nomination. Alyana Alfaro for Observer

State Sen. Raymond Lesniak, who is struggling to stay afloat in his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, has taken to Twitter to appeal directly to public employee labor unions that have endorsed front runner Phil Murphy.

“Murphy’s pension reform was adopted by Christie & Sweeney,” the campaign tweeted today, noting that Lesniak voted no.

The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) political action committee, the powerful public school teacher union, announced its support of Murphy last October. The Communications Workers of America (CWA), the largest state employee union, endorsed Murphy in December.

Lesniak’s tweet was aimed at the NJEA and CWA.

Lesniak has served in the legislature since 1978.  A Fairleigh Dickinson University Public Mind poll released earlier this month has him trailing Murphy 17%-7%, with 6% for Assemblyman John Wisniewski and 2% for former U.S. Undersecretary of the Treasury Jim Johnson.

The tweet had garnered 7 “likes” in its first five hours.

UPDATE: After this story was posted, Sen. Lesniak contacted PolitickerNJ to complain about the headline of this story and fired a zinger of his own, aimed at Murphy: “I would suggest spending $10.8 mil. to get 17% is struggling to stay afloat.”

Straining to Stay Relevant in Gov. Race, Lesniak Strafes Murphy on Twitter