Cryan Running

From the Union County Democratic Committee:

“Ray Lesniak has been a strong, effective legislator since the day he first assumed office in 1978. His work as the New Jersey Chair for the Clinton/Gore and Gore/Lieberman campaigns and his tireless efforts to pass the Marriage Equality Act and for the abolition of the death penalty in New Jersey are just a sample of what he has accomplished in his almost forty years in the legislature. He will be missed in the Senate.

It is critically important that the 20th Legislative District have a representative in the State Senate with a similar dedication to public service and strong public policy. I believe Sheriff Cryan would be the ideal candidate. He has a long history fighting for people in the 20th District and, as a former colleague of mine in the General Assembly, I have seen first-hand the dedication, expertise and tenacity Joe brings down to Trenton each day on behalf of those he represents. I am supporting Sheriff Cryan’s candidacy as the Democratic nominee, because I believe he is the right choice to join Senator Nick Scutari in representing Union County in the State Senate.”

From Joseph Cryan’s wife:

Union County Democratic Chairman Jerry Green, Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, the 20 th Legislative District Assembly members Annette Quijano and Jamel Holley, and the Democratic Municipal Chairmen from the 20th Legislative district today issued their joint support of Union County Sheriff Joseph Cryan for State Senator in the 20th District.  Their support follows press reports that long-time State Senator Raymond Lesniak has filed the paperwork required to run for governor.

From Politco:

Lesniak said he wasn’t listed about the Cryan endorsers because “that’s not my call.”

“I’m focusing on running for governor of the State of New Jersey, and what the Union County Democratic Committee and the 20th Legislative District leadership decide is their call,” he said.

Asked if Cryan was going to challenge him in a primary, Lesniak said “I could care less if he did or not.”

“My choice was not to return to the Senate or run for governor. My choice was to run for governor or retire from office,” said Lesniak, who had in the fall decided to run for re-election to the Senate after initially declining to run for governor.

“Joe Cryan would have absolutely zero chance of beating me in my district. But it never came to that because I wasn’t running for re-election in any way, shape or form,” he said.

“He’s not my favorite person,” Lesniak added of Cryan.

Cryan running for Lesniak’s seat means he won’t be able to run for re-eelction as Union County sheriff this year, which means giving up a six-figure position for one that pays $49,000 a year. However, Cryan had been an undersheriff before taking the role of sheriff after the death of Sheriff Ralph Froehlich in 2014 — a job that paid $110,000. Asked if he would return to being an undersheriff, Cryan said “I have a plan” and that he’s “not sharing.”

From countywathcers:






2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Daniel Shays on January 10, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I sincerely hope for the taxpayers of NJ that Lesniak & Cryan both lose & get knocked right out of politics. I would prefer they leave in handcuffs but as long as they are gone is what really matters


  2. Posted by Anthony Nardiello on January 10, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I just wish sheriff crayon would do his job…….i have a drug dealer living next to me in union and the local cops do zero! we deserve better than this!!


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