Amid party establishment chatter, Buono says she is committed to gubernatorial run
By Max Pizarro | January 11th, 2013 - 3:18pm
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Whatever backroom worries torment a fractured Democratic Party, the lone gubernatorial candidate among Democrats, state Sen. Barbara Buono, (D-18), says she has no intention of budging from her mission to be the party nominee for governor.

The candidate swatted aside a rumor circulating from the lips of one source that she’s angling for lieutenant governor and waiting for some other Democrat to stand astride the field.

“I’m running for governor, period,” Buono told PolitickerNJ.com.

Former Governor Dick Codey hasn’t yet ruled out a run.

But some Democratic sources say polling shows he hardly represents a significant heavyweight upgrade.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll this week showed Republican incumbent Gov. Chris Christie laying an equal butt kicking on any of his challengers: Codey (59 to 26%, respectively), Buono (64 to 21%), and Senate President Steve Sweeney (65 to 19%).

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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

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