Blue Jersey Focus – Senator Barbara Buono

What are the qualities we should look for in our elected leaders? Certainly intelligence, compassion, the ability to deal with setbacks, and a sense of fairness top that list.

One of our legislators who scores high marks in all those categories is Senator Barbara Buono. I spoke with her today on a number of issues including the power of the governor, the art of compromise, the level of civil discourse in the state, the reaction to unlimited funding of elections by corporations, the environment, ways to reinstate the millionaire’s tax, and the prognosis for our urban areas, specifically Camden – the home of the South Jersey Democratic bosses. We also talked briefly about the possibility of the Senator moving down the hall in the State House to the Governor’s office in 2013.

Barbara Buono is the antithesis of the persona that Chris Christie presents to the public.  She cares about the middle class and poor. She cares about the environment. She advocates for those groups that don’t have expensive lobbyists on State Street. Even when she vehemently disagrees with her colleagues, she respects them as people and she respects their office, and doesn’t use derogatory terms like “idiot” or “jerk.”

Whether or not she runs for governor next year, Senator Buono reflects a side of New Jersey that puts our state in a positive light. That’s the face of New Jersey that I’d like to see become the norm.





Blue Jersey Focus – Senator Barbara Buono

What are the qualities we should look for in our elected leaders? Certainly intelligence, compassion, the ability to deal with setbacks, and a sense of fairness top that list.

One of our legislators who scores high marks in all those categories is Senator Barbara Buono. I spoke with her today on a number of issues including the power of the governor, the art of compromise, the level of civil discourse in the state, the reaction to unlimited funding of elections by corporations, the environment, ways to reinstate the millionaire’s tax, and the prognosis for our urban areas, specifically Camden – the home of the South Jersey Democratic bosses. We also talked briefly about the possibility of the Senator moving down the hall in the State House to the Governor’s office in 2013.

Barbara Buono is the antithesis of the persona that Chris Christie presents to the public.  She cares about the middle class and poor. She cares about the environment. She advocates for those groups that don’t have expensive lobbyists on State Street. Even when she vehemently disagrees with her colleagues, she respects them as people and she respects their office, and doesn’t use derogatory terms like “idiot” or “jerk.”

Whether or not she runs for governor next year, Senator Buono reflects a side of New Jersey that puts our state in a positive light. That’s the face of New Jersey that I’d like to see become the norm.

Comments (3)

  1. zi985

    It’s become pretty clear that Senator Buono is the only real independent progressive candidate who will be running in the Democratic primary for Governor in June 2013.  She’s not controlled by the political bosses of the state and has a real progressive record.  Buono ’13!

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  3. Nick Lento

    …after the resolution is passed twice and a simple majority will suffice to get it done!

    From my perspective Christie and the Republicans who have sustained his vetoes of this measure have not been held politically accountable.  Waiting for the constitutional amendment to make it to a public election is too long a time frame…we need to make sure that this is an election issue for ALL the Republicans who think it’s a great idea to oppose progressive taxation as they suck up to the monied interests.

    The fact that they are bought and paid for by millionaires and that they therefor put the interests of millionaires above the interests of everyone else needs to be rubbed into their faces on a daily basis.

    If Democrats were doing something as odious you can be sure that Republicans would be pointing it out regularly and across the board.

    Also, her points re the “constitutionally balanced” budget seem to imply that Christie is pulling a Whitman in the sense that his “fiscal responsibility” is a sham/con job.   I hope she, and the Dems DO press this during the budget hearings.

    Whoever runs against Christie has to be prepared to go toe to toe with a vicious rude crude bully and has to be prepared to kick the living crap out of him on the basis of solid logic and hardcore facts and sheer guts.

    A healthy positive primary with a couple of debates might be a great tune up for the winner!  I hope Senator Buono runs!

    Christie is used to getting his way and if allowed to continue to dominate and to intimidate everyone around him will continue to screw up the future of our state!

    All in all a great interview, thank you deciminyan!

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