Union carpenter from Edison says he’s running for governor

TRENTON – The back chatter persists about who in Middlesex County will run for governor for the Democrats against Gov. Chris Christie, and while sources say Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19) appears ready, and state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) is also poised, another candidate has emerged, he says.  

He’s run before at the local level, lost, and now wants to run again.

Union carpenter William Arajuo of Edison this evening told PolitickerNJ.com that he’s running for governor.

“As when I ran for mayor in Edison, I still have the same principles,” said the failed 2009 candidate, who challenged Jun Choi and lost to Toni Ricigliano.

“I want to know why taxes are so high – gas prices, food, tolls – alot of different issues,” said the native of Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood. “Students have to sleep in their cars because they can’t afford to ride the toll roads and gas is high. It’s not right.

“I am the true middle class,” added the prospective gubernatorial candidate, a Democrat.

Asked if he has any specific objections to Christie, Arajuo said, “Learn to listen to people. The tunnel project should not have been canceled. The unions are not the problems, teachers, police, fire. I think the salaries of upper management in all institutions have to be checked. If you have one bad manager, you will have 100 disgruntled employees.”

"This meeting is entirely off the record. Until somebody leaks it."
—Michael Kempner, addressing a roomful of Democratic powerbrokers organizng for Hillary Clinton