TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders says he has not endorsed a candidate in the contested New Jersey Democratic primary for governor.
Sanders, who represents Vermont, said Friday that Assemblyman John Wisniewski would make “an excellent governor,” but declined to back him.
Wisniewski ran Sanders’ Democratic presidential campaign in New Jersey. Sanders was defeated in New Jersey, and nationally, by Hillary Clinton.
Sanders announcement comes shortly after his son Levi said he was backing Democrat Phil Murphy for governor.
Murphy is in strong position thanks to personal loans to his campaign of about $10 million. He also has the support of many in the party establishment as well as unions.
Along with Wisniewski and Murphy, one-time firefighter Bill Brennan, former Clinton administration official Jim Johnson and state Sen. Ray Lesniak are running.