State Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18), Metuchen, launched her campagn for governor today.
"I'm running for governor," said the veteran Democratic senator in a YouTube video. "I filed my papers and I'll make a formal announcement early next year. I'm not going to run a conventional campaign and I won't be anointed by the political bosses. Instead I'll stake my chances on the folks in grocery stores and train stations. Those who need someone to stand up for them."
Buono cited the state's unemployment crisis and said incumbent Gov. Chris Christie has inadequately offered trickle down economics as his solution, while scapegoating teachers.
"We need a real plan to create real paying jobs," Buono said.
State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) may get in the race if Newark Mayor Cory Booker does not run.
“It doesn’t really come as a surprise,” Sweeney told State Street Wire's Minhaj Hassan. “She’s been talking about it for the last two years.”
When asked if he has any plans to run for state’s chief executive, the senate president smiled, saying, “I have said for the last two years, I am keeping my options open.”
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"Gov. Chris Christie says he won’t campaign for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in New York because the cause is hopeless: Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ahead by more than 30 points. But he will campaign in New Hampshire, over and over, where the Republican is also trailing by more than 30 points. What’s the reason? It may be that New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary. It may be that he doesn’t want to mess with Cuomo, who knows where the skeletons are buried at the Port Authority. But one thing is certain: Gov. Straight Talk is spinning again. And it seems to be habit-forming." - columnist Tom Moran- Star-Ledger
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