The Somerset County Democratic Organization tonight endorsed state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18), Metuchen, for governor.
The Somerset Dems are the second countywide organization to endorse Buono, following on the heels of the Middlesex County Democratic Committee, Buono's home county organization.
The endorsement came at the county organization's holiday party.
Veteran Chairwoman Peg Schaffer made the announcement to applause.
"Senator Barbara Buono is the strongest candidate our party has to challenge Governor Christie this November," said the chair. "We can win this race if we have a candidate who will excite Democrats and Independents and I firmly believe Barbara Buono is that candidate. She is someone who has shown time and again that she represents the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party. Whether it is standing up for marriage equality, protecting a woman's right to choose, standing up for teachers and policemen and women, protecting our environment or fighting to strengthen our middle class, Barbara Buono stands for the core principles of the Democratic Party. I am pleased to endorse her candidacy," stated Somerset County Democratic Chairwoman Peg Schaffer.
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"It's incredible, it's a dream. I would never have imagined that I would be running for mayor, but to have Ken Gibson say that, I didn't expect it. Having Ken Gibson on my side is the ultimate reference check. It's the ultimate in street credibility. Mr. Gibson said it, when he was running for mayor, people said that they weren't ready, but Mr. Gibson said 'ready or not, here I come.' I think that's apropos for my campaign. Newark is ready for this." Newark Mayoral candidate Ras Baraka- PolitickerNJ.com
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