Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Sen. Barbara Buono is weighing in on Gov. Chris Christie’s latest town hall comments.
Buono issued a statement Wednesday accusing the Republican governor of playing “politics of division,” following his comments the previous day about children in failing urban schools being robbed of a future by their elected leaders.
“Instead of addressing the big challenges facing our inner city communities – struggling schools, soaring income inequality, stagnant wages, and high unemployment – Gov. Christie’s only answer is to play the politics of division. That’s not leadership, and it’s not the way to move New Jersey forward,” Buono said in the statement.
Buono also criticized Christie for essentially calling Speaker Sheila Oliver out by name during the Paterson town hall, telling residents the people they elected to serve them are the very ones blocking improvement in public schools.
“Speaker Oliver has been a powerful voice on behalf of those who most need one in Trenton,” Buono said. “I’ve been proud to serve with her, and I stand with her in fighting to lift our public schools rather than drain them of the funding they need.”
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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile
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