Democratic gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono took her campaign to a New Jersey tent city Thursday to argue the incumbent governor’s “merciless cuts” in spending have had detrimental effects on the state’s most vulnerable.
The state senator spoke with residents of a tent city in Lakewood where she criticized Gov. Chris Christie for not keeping a campaign promise to fight for residents struggling to make ends meet.
“Lakewood's tent city is an example of the harrowing income inequality that currently exists in New Jersey and a reminder that too many New Jerseyans have been left behind by Governor Christie," Buono said in a statement.
"In speaking with residents today, it's clear that we must do more to provide better employment and educational opportunities to create a New Jersey that works for everyone, not just a privileged few. As Governor, that's exactly what I'll do,” she said.
The campaign stop – which occurred a day after a new poll found Buono shaved off 10 points from a 30-point lead Christie previously enjoyed in the race – spurred the governor’s office to respond by citing numerous examples of Christie working to address homelessness in the state.
The list included the disbursement of more than $11 million of state and federal aid in the form of shelter support grants and more than $7 million in homelessness prevention grants, as well as the expansion of the Veterans Haven program.
“Barbara Buono is grandstanding on the backs of our most vulnerable when just this past June she voted to deny access to healthcare, mental health services, housing assistance and sheltering programs, job training and food assistance for those who need it most,” countered Christie campaign spokesman Kevin Roberts, referring to Buono’s vote against the most recent state budget.
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