The woman who hopes to take down Chris Christie
January 29th, 2013
02:41 PM ET
8 years ago

The woman who hopes to take down Chris Christie

(CNN) - Democrats are rallying around a candidate to try to unseat New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie this November.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, Tuesday backed New Jersey state Sen. Barbara Buono's bid for governor.

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"Barbara Buono understands the challenges facing New Jersey's middle-class families because she's lived through them. That's why she's spent her entire career fighting to create jobs, improve education, expand access to quality health care, and balance budgets," said Shumlin in a statement.

The 59-year old state senator is the only major Democrat to announce a candidacy for governor. As of the beginning of this week, all other big name Democrats who flirted with bids had decided against running, with Buono winning endorsements from many of her possible rivals.

"After failing to recruit their first, second, third or fourth choice candidates into the campaign for governor, Democrats have finally settled on state senator Barbara Buono," said Republican Governors Association communications director Mike Schrimpf, in a statement.

With just over nine months to go until New Jersey's gubernatorial election, polls indicate that the first term Republican governor is the overwhelming favorite over Buono. According to a Quinnipiac University survey of Garden State voters conducted Jan. 15-21, Christie leads his Democratic challenger 63%-22%.

The tough talking Christie saw his poll numbers skyrocket following his very active and public response to Hurricane Sandy, which slammed into the northeast in late October, severely damaging parts of New Jersey.

Christie also vastly out fundraised Buono late last year. With two of the nation's most expensive media markets – New York City and Philadelphia – dominating the state, campaign cash matters a great deal in New Jersey, which along with Virginia, are the only two states to hold gubernatorial contests in the year after a presidential election.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    It's not likely that Christie will take a fall in New Jersey.......but if he did, it would be so much fun to see a woman be the one to take him down. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

    January 29, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    She is going to need a lot of help. The memory of Sandy is still fresh in many people's minds. If the issues are made clear and how that Buono is better at helping NJ than Crispie... I mean Christie, then she will win if the base comes out to support her.

    January 29, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Have you noticed how Christie has stopped doing town hall meetings with constituents to hear their opinions? It was at these types of meetings where he interacted with the public facing tough questions that he would lose it and "go guvnah" on someone.

    January 29, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Go Barbara, The state budget will be cut in half just in food bills for the Governor.

    January 29, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    All the Dem socialists want, is to take every single elected office in America, and have a locked down death grip on America!

    January 29, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Babyboomer

    I'm a Democrat to my core but even I think Barbara Buono will have a very hard time getting elected in NJ after Gov. Christie's handling of Hurricane Sandy. He really seemed to be on the side of the people and I suspect they won't forget that.

    January 29, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  7. Jeff

    Christie just vetoed an increase in the minimum wage. I liked the way he fought for aid for Sandy victims, but we're still getting killed here with property taxes and car insurance.

    January 29, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    All the Dem socialists want, is to take every single elected office in America, and have a locked down death grip on America!
    Yupper. Democrats would love to hold every elected office. Republicans wish the same thing for themselves. The major difference right now is how each party is going about reaching that goal. Republicans seem to like bending the rules of the game, or outright changing them.

    January 29, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    California Gary

    It's not likely that Christie will take a fall in New Jersey.

    if he did, we'd have a 6.0 Richter Scale earthquake

    January 29, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Name lynn

    Well them republicans is crazy let the mexicans alone, they can come to america you live in america.

    January 29, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  11. AZShaker


    Advice...hit him low...and roll to the right. He's down!!!

    January 29, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |