LGBT leaders endorse Senator Buono for Governor

This, and Senator Buono’s nearly $250k raised in her first month, makes an impressive start to her campaign. Promoted by Rosi.

When Cory Booker decided not to challenge Chris Christie for Governor, the choice for me and many others became crystal clear… and for some even more clear! When Senator Barbara Buono called me, there was no hesitation, you have to admire her guts and willingness to be the first to step up and provide leadership! As a small business person, a senior, a parent and grandparent, I have many interests in the political arena that make her candidacy very attractive and worthy of my proactive support, it is as an LGBT civil rights activist with an emphasis on the T that is one the major reasons for my political being. No one needs to remind me that Barbara was the prime sponsor of the very first fully inclusive LGBT rights legislation in New Jersey!

This diversified and inclusive list of LGBT leaders supporting Barbara is far from complete. Many folks were on holiday and could not be reached. Several folks not listed are enthusiastic and indicated strong support but are unable to go public at this time and deferred public commitment to give respect to their County leaders or other non declared candidates with whom they have personal relationships. There is a high level of enthusiasm among LGBT and allied leaders for Senator Buono based on her record as a balanced progressive who  relates well to independents and the clear contrast she presents in her record and goals for all New Jerseyans as opposed to the demonstrated record of Chris Christie that shows his prime focus is for his own political goals.

Within this context, I am honored to have the opportunity to help elect the first female Democratic Governor of the State of New Jersey. Anyone have a problem with that? 😉 … and Yes, we have momentum and are welcoming more folks to sign on!

After the jump, a short introduction to the LGBT Outreach Committee behind Sen. Buono for the primary, and then a list of its members:


Over 20 Prominent LGBT Leaders will head up outreach for the Buono for Governor Campaign

Group cites the Senator’s strong support for marriage equality for all New Jerseyans

In 2009, when Democratic leadership failed to pass marriage equality in the State Senate, Senator Barbara Buono cast an historical AYE vote in favor of marriage equality while speaking passionately on the Senate Floor urging the Democratic Party Leadership to support the legislation. Senator Buono is committed to make it law when elected Governor this November. In addition to her fight for marriage equality, the Senator has sponsored and advocated for legislation to end transgender discrimination. In 2011, Senator Buono was honored by Garden State Equality for her advocacy and sponsorship of one of the toughest pieces of anti-bullying legislation in the country.

“I am proud to endorse and chair this committee to make our case to all pro-equality voters in New Jersey why Barbara Buono is the best candidate to challenge Chris Christie in November. She provides a clear contrast and will give the voters a clear choice,” stated Babs Casbar Siperstein, former President of the New Jersey Stonewall Democrats.

“As one of the first openly gay elected officials in the State of New Jersey and as Deputy Mayor of Asbury Park, I am proud to add my name to the long line of LGBT supporters for Barbara Buono’s candidacy for Governor. As a staunch ally of the LGBT community in the State Senate, we can count on Senator Buono to be a pro-equality leader for all New Jerseyans,” stated Asbury Park Deputy Mayor John Loffredo.

“Senator Barbara Buono has been standing tall for all New Jerseyans, including those who happen to be LGBT, throughout her career. We need a Governor like her – a leader for all, not just for some,” stated Sue Fulton, an Obama-Biden 2012 Delegate and a 1980 West Point Graduate. President Obama appointed Fulton to the West Point Board of Visitors, making her the first openly gay member of the board that advises the Academy.

The following will coordinate the LGBT Outreach Committee for the Primary Race.

Committee Co-Chairs:

Babs Casbar Siperstein

Former President, New Jersey Stonewall Democrats, former Vice-Chair, Garden State Equality

Councilman Ed Zipprich

President, New Jersey Stonewall Democrats

Red Bank’s first openly gay elected official and Municipal Chairman

Outreach Members

Chairwoman Ann Baker

Roosevelt Democratic Party & NJ Stonewall Democrats Executive Board

Rafaela Billini  

Former National Stonewall Board Member, Delegate Democratic National Convention 2000 (Puerto Rico), current Garden State Equality Board Member

Mayor Randy Bishop

First Openly Gay Mayor in Neptune Township History Past President, NJ Stonewall Democrats and Former Assembly Candidate

Rev Bruce H Davidson

Retired Executive Director of the Lutheran Office of Government Ministry in New Jersey

Eileen Dellavolle

2012 DNC Obama-Biden Delegate

Councilwoman Kathy Horgan

Red Bank Human Relations Commission

Charles Eader

Bedminster Democratic Party Municipal Chairman & Former Assembly Candidate

Karen Carroll

Bound Brook Democratic Party Municipal Chair & Former Assembly candidate

Sue Fulton

Obama-Biden 2012 Delegate & Presidential Appointee

Jon Holden Gallucio

Former Managing Director, Garden State Equality

Gary and Charlie Maffei

One of the 16 couples who filled for a marriage application in 2004 at Asbury Park City Hall.

Gary Cosgrove

Former Wood-Ridge Councilman, currently President Imperial Court of NY

Asbury Park Deputy Mayor John Loffredo

One of New Jersey’s first openly gay elected officials

Luanne Peterpaul

Labor Attorney and LGBT Advocate

Gary Paul Wright

Member, Newark LGBTQ Advisory Commission, Member Essex County LGBT Advisory board, Former Board member of Garden State Equality

Leslie Farber

Member Garden State Equality Board, First Head of  NJ Bar Association’s LGBT Rights Section

Pete Costello

Co-Chairman Monmouth County Democrats Pride Caucus

Fred A. Blumberg

Co-Chairman Monmouth County Democrats Pride Caucus & Past President Gay Union at Trenton State

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