By Matthew Arco | May 17th, 2013 - 11:01pm
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ATLANTIC CITY – The Democratic Party’s presumptive gubernatorial nominee officially tapped Jason O’Donnell as chairman of the state party.

Sen. Barbara Buono introduced O’Donnell to a crowd of Democratic supporters during the party’s conference. Passaic County Democratic chairman John Currie was there alongside Buono as she made the announcement.

Buono declared O’Donnell “will unite the party” and said she chose him as her choice for chairman because of his commitment to the Democrats.

O’Donnell will still need to be voted in to the position by state Democratic Party officials.

Two party leaders who expressed early opposition to O’Donnell, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, were absent from the room.

The announcement capped a day of speeches from top Democrats as the party rallies support for the person likely to challenge Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

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"Governor Christie ripped President Obama this summer for failing to carve out some time during a Texas fundraising swing to visit the Mexican border, where the unprecedented flood of immigrant children from Central America had reached a crisis point. ...Yet Christie is not squeezing in a tour of the troubled border during his own three-day trade and diplomatic mission to Mexico, which is set to begin on Wednesday. The governor is planning a series of meetings with Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto and the finance and energy ministers." - columnist Charles Stile

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