Senate President Steve Sweeney is the latest Democratic official to give a nod of approval to Sen. Barbara Buono’s choice running mate.
The state’s top Senate lawmaker referred to the Democratic gubernatorial nominee’s pick for lieutenant governor as a “selfless advocate” for New Jersey’s working families. Sweeney’s statement comes after news broke that Buono picked the executive vice president of SEIU 1199, Milly Silva, as her running mate.
“I want to congratulate Milly Silva on her selection as the Lieutenant Governor Candidate by Senator Barbara Buono,” Sweeney said.
“As someone who has been a tireless and selfless advocate for middle class and working class New Jerseyans, Milly brings unquestionable experience and leadership credentials to the Democratic ticket,” he said. “Milly is the leader of 7,000 of some of the most compassionate and hardest working individuals in the state. A working mother who understands the vital need to invest in this state, Milly will make a tremendous Lieutenant Governor."
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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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