Barnes not ready to back a gubernatorial candidate

TRENTON – His district stands to get blown up next year if state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) does not pursue re-election and instead runs for governor.

But don’t expect Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-18) to pick a candidate for governor right now.

“I don’t have a candidate yet,” Barnes told

His namesake father’s the sitting chairman of the Middlesex County Democratic Committee, who secured the chairmanship in part with the backing of Assemblyman (and state chairman) John Wisniewski (D-19).

Wisniewski is another rumored candidate for governor from Middlesex, albeit he does not appear as close to an announcement as his intraparty rival Buono.

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie