Ray Lesniak is probably the most prominent Rutgers alumnus in the New Jersey legislature along with John Wisnewski in the assembly. As of tonight, Lesniak is the first prominent New Jersey politician to call for Tim Pernetti's reinstatement as athletic director. As unrealistic (but deserved) as the possibility may be, at least someone is standing up for reason now.
Steve Sweeney and Sheila Oliver deserve all the scorn that they can get as the public face of Pernetti's unfair ouster two weeks ago, but as Chris Carlin recounted, Governor Christie deserves plenty of blame as well. He promised Pernetti the world, and went back on his word when the going went rough. If Christie stands up for Pernetti, Tim would still be in charge as we speak.
Regardless, Sen. Lesniak as in for a tough re-election fight this year in the Democratic primary in the 20th district (which includes Elizabeth and Union.) Given his courageous actions here, all Rutgers fans who live in that district owe it to themselves to vote for him this year. At the same time, Andy Sisti (the public face of the reinstatement campaign) should try to go after a few other politicians. Wisnewski obviously, and two senators in Dick Codey and Kip Bateman are prominently on the record as big Rutgers football fans, so they are probably at least worth a ring as well.