Buono on Christie: 'He is trying to reinvent himself'
State Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) today on MSNBC. By Max Pizarro | April 2nd, 2013 - 12:49pm
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Vowing to hold Gov. Chris Christie accountable, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) suggested the blunt-talking governor isn't as authentic as he appears.

"He is trying to reinvent himself," Buono said of the general election year Republican governor.

"We saw the real Chris Christie when he took office," said Buono in an appearance this afternoon on MSNBC. "His comfort zone is to attack, attack."

Finding it hard to raise money to match Christie, Buono, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, insisted she can beat the incumbent.

"I wouldn't be running if I didn't think I could," she said, arguing that New Jersey voters are smart and will vote on those issues impacting their families.

Although FaceBook maven Mark Zuckerberg backs Christie, Buono said she can counter with allies here in New Jersey.  

"He may have Mark Zuckerberg but I have Cory Booker," said the senator, who told the MSNBC personalities on the Alex Wagner show that the Republican wants to brand himself as a moderate on social issues.

His anti-choice position and opposition to planned parenthood dollars will make that case hard to sustain. 

"His record will speak for itself," said Buono, who added that the governor's aggressive efforts to talk about Hurricane Sandy mask what she sees as a "record of failure on economy and the jobs."

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