Buono’s pick in CD12 open seat primary: Bonnie Watson Coleman

With investigations at both the state and federal level of the Christie administration scandals, and inquiries of abuse of power by the Governor himself, I wonder how many people are re-evaluating the 2013 contest between Chris Christie and Barbara Buono. It was the blowout that Chris Christie wanted, back in November when it looked like he could do anything 16 weeks ago or so. And it was the blowout some Democrats wanted, who quietly undermined Buono’s campaign and her authority as the campaign-year traditional leader of the NJ state Democrats. We now know that some of those Dem mayors who endorsed Christie may have been threatened, or made wild promises. And we knew all along that some of those Dem leaders who worked behind the scenes to weaken her position never wanted Buono to win, to improve their own position in the party’s food chain. And that, shamefully, they might have seen that as easy to do because the candidate they were undermining privately – while celebrating publicly – was a woman. That won’t be forgotten.

That’s how I see the entirely predictable, and yet worth noting, endorsement by Buono of Bonnie Watson Coleman to win the CD12 Democratic primary and follow Rush Holt to Congress.

Calling “Bonnie, Linda and Upendra” all long-time friends and trusted colleagues, Buono endorses her 2013 campaign chair, Bonnie Watson Coleman. From the endorsement:

When I announced my run for Governor in December of 2012, very few people gave me much of a chance. Undaunted, I challenged the odds. When others stood down, Assemblywoman Watson Coleman stood shoulder to shoulder with me, providing counsel and holding the Governor accountable for his failed economic record and far right social agenda.

Even as the days wore on and hope wore thin, Assemblywoman Watson Coleman continued to fight for the values that make up the core of our party.  More important, she did this when many others would not.

Former NJ senator and gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono’s full endorsement is below the fold.

I am announcing my unequivocal endorsement of Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman as she seeks nomination to run as the Democratic candidate in the 12th Congressional District.

Bonnie, Linda and Upendra are all long-time friends and were trusted colleagues when I was in the Legislature.  They have all shown themselves to be capable and effective legislators, but I believe the choice for voters in the 12th Congressional District primary should be a straightforward one.  Bonnie Watson Coleman has been on the frontlines on behalf of the Democratic Party for years and has shown herself to be a true leader in the fight to advance progressive values.

Assemblywoman Watson Coleman is the definition of courage and integrity.   She puts her constituents and her principles first – before any special interest.  Bonnie is loyal first and foremost, to the people of New Jersey and the ideals that make up the foundation of our party.

Time and again, Bonnie has shown that her only true mandate is to stand up for the things in which she believes, even when it potentially puts her in harm’s way.  She has always been a voice of reason in the Democratic legislative caucus.

When I announced my run for Governor in December of 2012, very few people gave me much of a chance. Undaunted, I challenged the odds. When others stood down, Assemblywoman Watson Coleman stood shoulder to shoulder with me, providing counsel and holding the Governor accountable for his failed economic record and far right social agenda.

Even as the days wore on and hope wore thin, Assemblywoman Watson Coleman continued to fight for the values that make up the core of our party.  More important, she did this when many others would not.

Bonnie’s commitment came as no surprise. When she became the first African American woman to lead the State party in 2002 it was a truly historic achievement.  But the truth is, her four-year term as the State Chair of the Democratic Party was defined by the many successes our Party was able to achieve.  Bonnie’s leadership and hard work helped to pave the way for the Democratic Party to win statewide, on all levels.

If Bonnie were elected to represent the 12th Congressional District she would become New Jersey’s first African American Congresswoman.  While this is a distinction long overdue in our state, I simply believe Bonnie is uniquely qualified to represent us in Washington during these contentious times and to move forward with the important work Rush Holt has done in Congress.

I am supporting Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman for Congress because she believes in making sure every person has a fair shot, and that the middle-class reaps the same opportunities as the one percent.  Bonnie is a true Democrat, a fighter who has made New Jersey proud.  We should send her to Washington.

Comments (2)

  1. MMF

    “Bonnie worked for me when I needed help, therefore she is the best candidate.”

    Bonnie is a fine Assemblywoman, and I appreciate her long service, but compared to Greenstein, she is only a fair candidate for Congress.

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