We’ve heard considerable complaining from some people in South Jersey that Barbara Buono’s campaign is invisible there, pitched more towards the Dem-heavier north. We’ve had repeated comments here claiming this, by two readers at Blue Jersey. Matt Katz, who writes the Christie Chronicles at Philadelphia Inquirer underscored the point when he posed the question a few days ago of whether Buono had simply forsaken South Jersey. Though in fairness, he also asked whether South Jersey had forsaken her.
Matt covers the governor and NJ politics for the consortium of papers (including ‘Inky’) owned by a group led by South Jersey boss George Norcross, so it’s never unreasonable to determine for yourself if the paper’s reporting is fair and accurate for any matters that directly affect Mr. Norcross. As this may, considering that his beneficiary Steve Sweeney wants to be governor himself one day, and has appeared to undermine the Buono campaign so publicly that one has to ask the question of whether his chances next time aren’t greatly increased if Buono doesn’t just lose, but loses big. As Democratic leaders failing to unify behind the top of the ticket so obviously weaken the candidate at top of that ticket.
Having said that, I sometimes disagree with him, but in my book Katz is an excellent reporter. And he appeared to specifically concern himself with Dem activity in the Philly suburbs closest to the paper.
As an FYI, I wanted to know how many visits Buono had actually made to South Jersey. If any of the complaining had teeth. The Buono campaign provided this list on my request, as we are on their distribution list to receive her daily schedule the night before every day, so this is a compilation of info available to all news outlets. The list is theirs; the commentary and conclusions drawn above all mine.
All of these events were open to the public.
3/23: Atlantic County Democrats Convention KEYNOTE SPEECH
4/30: District 1199J National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees Leadership Conference ENDORSEMENT
5/17: NJ Dem Convention: Salute to New Jersey Workers Breakfast
5/17: NJ Dem Convention: Step Up Women’s Lunch KEYNOTE SPEECH
5/17: NJ Dem Convention: Cocktail Reception with Mayor Booker SPEECH
5/17: NJ Dem Convention: Congressional Dinner KEYNOTE SPEECH
1/26: BIC Retreat
2/6: Burlington County Jefferson Jackson Dinner ENDORSEMENT
4/25: Burlington County Democratic Committee meeting KEYNOTE
3/23: National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Southern NJ Chapter ENDORSEMENT
3/30: Cumberland County Democrats Women’s Leadership Luncheon ENDORSEMENT
3/15: AFSCME 71 Meeting ENDORSEMENT
1/5/: Hazlet Township Mayor Swearing In
1/17: Monmouth County Democrats Holiday Party ENDORSEMENT
2/23: Monmouth County Democrats Convention KEYNOTE SPEECH
2/27: Monmouth/ Wall Democratic Organization’s JFK Valor Awards PRESENTED WITH AN AWARD
3/2: Belmar St. Patty’s Parade (Marched in Parade)
3/4: Monmouth County Democrats Women’s Caucus Women’s History Month event SPEECH
1/26: Ocean County Democrats Breakfast ENDORSEMENT
3/23: Ocean County Democrats Convention KEYNOTE SPEECH
4/6: Stand Up for NJ: Fighting for Clean Water, Air & Communities Conference KEYNOTE SPEECH
3/30: Salem County Democrats Convention KEYNOTE SPEECH