TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) said Thursday that he will be running for governor of New Jersey.

Lesniak unveiled his plan on Thursday after earlier deciding against a run.

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He said he changed his mind because he “could not sit back” with the state’s economy was in poor shape.

He joins fellow Democrats Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive, and Assemblyman John Wisniewski along with Republican Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli.

Lesniak, an attorney, has served in the Senate from 1983 onward.

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He says his top priority would be making New Jersey affordable.

His campaign begins as Murphy holds a strong position, with backing from county officials and labor unions. He has also pledged $10 million of his own cash to his campaign.

The primary is in June.

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