Buono announces official campaign kickoff – Feb. 2 at New Brunswick High School

Sen. Barbara Buono is getting ready for a Feb. 2 rally to kick off her run for governor. She’s picked up considerable support over the last month, both from progressives who see a non-Christiecrat woman candidate as the best hope to defeat Christie, and from a handful whose support for Buono undercuts Codey. With Booker out and other candidates demurring or still ruminating, she’s steaming ahead. Still the only show in town. What’s going to be interesting Feb. 2 is seeing who’s standing with her when she formally announces. Potential LG candidate (or candidates). Additional county chairs. Fundraisers. Power brokers.

Will you be there, Blue Jersey?

What: Sen. Barbara Buono campaign kickoff

When: Saturday, Feb. 2 – 12 noon

Where: New Brunswick High School

1000 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Click to RSVP or email RSVP@BuonoForGovernor.com

Here’s Buono’s statement:

The 2013 election will be pivotal for our state. Under Governor Christie, too many New Jersey families are suffering record high unemployment, struggling schools, soaring property taxes, and rising tuition costs. We can, and we must, do better.

I understand the struggle of so many New Jersey families because I’ve lived them. My father was a proud immigrant from Italy who worked every day to give us a better life.

Those were the days when higher education was accessible and affordable — when the daughter of a butcher could have the chance to chase big dreams. For too many New Jerseyans, those same opportunities seem out of reach today.

And that is why I’m proud to be a Democrat: to help create the same opportunities I had for all of our children. To ensure that they are healthy, safe, and treated equally — that their only obstacle to success is how hard they work. Those are the values we share as Democrats. And that’s why I’m so proud to stand with you, as we begin this fight to win the Governor’s office.

If you’re willing to stand and fight with me, I would be honored to have your support as we kick-off this campaign on February 2nd at the New Brunswick High School, 1000 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 at 12 Noon.

Buono announces official campaign kickoff – Feb. 2 at New Brunswick High School

Sen. Barbara Buono is getting ready for a Feb. 2 rally to kick off her run for governor. She’s picked up considerable support over the last month, both from progressives who see a non-Christiecrat woman candidate as the best hope to defeat Christie, and from a handful whose support for Buono undercuts Codey. With Booker out and other candidates demurring or still ruminating, she’s steaming ahead. Still the only show in town. What’s going to be interesting Feb. 2 is seeing who’s standing with her when she formally announces. Potential LG candidate (or candidates). Additional county chairs. Fundraisers. Power brokers.

Will you be there, Blue Jersey?

What: Sen. Barbara Buono campaign kickoff

When: Saturday, Feb. 2 – 12 noon

Where: New Brunswick High School

1000 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Click to RSVP or email RSVP@BuonoForGovernor.com

Here’s Buono’s statement:

The 2013 election will be pivotal for our state. Under Governor Christie, too many New Jersey families are suffering record high unemployment, struggling schools, soaring property taxes, and rising tuition costs. We can, and we must, do better.

I understand the struggle of so many New Jersey families because I’ve lived them. My father was a proud immigrant from Italy who worked every day to give us a better life.

Those were the days when higher education was accessible and affordable — when the daughter of a butcher could have the chance to chase big dreams. For too many New Jerseyans, those same opportunities seem out of reach today.

And that is why I’m proud to be a Democrat: to help create the same opportunities I had for all of our children. To ensure that they are healthy, safe, and treated equally — that their only obstacle to success is how hard they work. Those are the values we share as Democrats. And that’s why I’m so proud to stand with you, as we begin this fight to win the Governor’s office.

If you’re willing to stand and fight with me, I would be honored to have your support as we kick-off this campaign on February 2nd at the New Brunswick High School, 1000 Somerset St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 at 12 Noon.

Comments (12)

  1. A New Jersey Farmer

    I’m in. Will try to make it on the 2nd.

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  2. deciminyan

    I’ll be there to see history in the making.

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  3. zi985

    The “handful whose support for Buono undercuts Codey” comes from Christiecrats like Joe DiVincenzo and George Norcross.  I’m not sure progressives should be excited about that fact or the fact that Senator Buono is promoting this fact in campaign press releases like this one here: http://www.buonoforgovernor.co…  I thought Sen. Buono was an independent reform Democrat who opposed these kinds of people…

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  4. deciminyan

    I don’t fault Senator Buono for trying to build bridges to the power brokers whose support will be needed to get her elected. Building a coalition in the Democratic party is like herding cats. I don’t think she is “opposed [to] these kinds of people”, but rather a tough manager who will work to unite the Democrats and represent all New Jerseyans. A successful politician is one who can facilitate conciliation and master the art of compromise without compromising her fundamental tenets.

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  5. deciminyan

    From 1/13/13:



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  6. firstamend07

    State Senator Buono risked her political career when she openly revolted against the Pension and Benefit Reform Bills.

    To her credit ( and I did not agree with her) she stood with the CWA to the end and paid a very heavy political price.

    …and CWA has returned this favor now by???

    Right now when Buono needs a politicla friend the CWA leadership has done nothing to help her candidacy.

    THIS IS A DISGRACE!

    Is it any wonder why ,in political circles, CWA is looked on as unreliable and spineless.

    Buono needs friends in Lanor right now to ” juice up” her effort.

    She has to be wondering why CWA is not coming out to support her after all she did for that union.

    CWA just does not seem to be able to say” thank you” to any politician . No wonder very few bother even to help.

    ….I wonder what  State Senator Buono now thinks about CWA leadership?  

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  7. firstamend07

    She needs their money and organization to even make this election semi-respectable.

    Buono is no more ” purer” than any other politician.

    She better seek even more new ” friends” and soon.

    ” independent reform Democrats” write books, Democrats who ” make peace” win ( or at least keep races close).  

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  8. Bertin Lefkovic

    Senator Buono should run a campaign that assumes that when push comes to shove, Adubato and Norcross and the political machines that they control will not be there to help her in the general election against Chris Christie, because they are just as invested in re-electing Christie as they were in electing him four years ago.

    Unfortunately, as progressive as she has been in recent years, it should be remembered that she made her bones as part of John Lynch’s political machine in Middlesex County and being able to get along by going along is what enabled someone from tiny Metuchen to ascend to the State Senate in a district that also contains a power center like Edison.

    The only way that she is going to beat Christie is with an aggressive campaign fueled with a bold and progressive vision for our state that will excite the electorate.  That is not going to happen if getting and keeping the bosses on board is part of her thought process.

    I understand, deciminyan, that Burlington County is part of Norcrossippi and you feel as if you have no choice but to be on good terms with the Norcross political machine, but at some point going forward, you are going to have to come to terms with the fact that they, far more than the Republicans, are the primary obstacle to progressive change in our state and the sooner you do this, the sooner that you and other progressives can start standing up to the Norcross machine instead of falling in line behind it.

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  9. 12mileseastofTrenton

    She didn’t risk anything.  Had she voted in favor of the Christiecrat legislation, she would have had little chance to win the gubernatorial nomination.

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  10. firstamend07

    Barbara Buono risked her status as the #2 Democratic State Senator by going against pen-ben reform.

    Give the woman some credit for standing with that leadership crowd from CWA .

    Now that she needs them they are no where to be found.

    CWA is notorious for not saying” thank you” for favors rendered.

    Her candidacy is on the ropes right now .This is when her” friends” need to come to her support.

    CWA leadership is simply not returning the favor to her.    

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  11. Bertin Lefkovic

    Buono is the only Democratic candidate at the moment.  Even if Dick Codey or Bill Pascrell runs as well, it is anybody’s guess who will win.  You do not have a clue about anything that you write about.  All you do is spew Christiecratic nonsense.

    If there is a contested Democratic primary election, CWA and most labor unions, except for your beloved/worthless Building and Construction Trades, which are already on the hook for Christie, will probably not take sides, because Buono, Codey, and Pascrell are all good on their issues, but they will definitely support the winner once the general election starts.

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  12. 12mileseastofTrenton

    Buono would have dumped anyway.  Had she voted in favor of the legislation, her hopes of winning the gubernatorial nomination would have droped to nill.

    How is her candidacy “on the ropes”?  Just about every day she gets another endorsement.

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