|Running for Governor of New Jersey|
|Date of primary||June 4, 2013|
|New Jersey State Senate District 18|
|January 10, 2014|
|Years in position||11|
|Senate Majority Leader|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|Next election||November 5, 2013|
|New Jersey General Assembly|
|Bachelor's||Montclair State College (1975)|
|J.D.||Rutgers University School of Law (1979)|
|Birthday||July 28, 1953|
|Place of birth||Newark, NJ|
Buono graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Montclair State College and also graduated with a J.D from Rutgers School of Law.
In addition to being a senator, Buono is the former police commissioner of Metuchen, New Jersey. Prior to her election to the state senate, Buono was also a member of the Metuchen City Council from 1993 to 1994.
In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Buono served on these committees:
- Joint Budget Oversight
- Budget and Appropriations, Chair
- Budget and Appropriations (Budget Hearings Only), Chair
- Intergovernmental Relations Commission
- Joint Budget Oversight
Buono's campaign for governor has been endorsed by the following individuals and organizations:
- New Jersey Education Association
- Health Professionals and Allied Employees.
- Congressmen Frank Pallone
- Congressman Bill Pascrell
- Democratic State Committee Chairman John Wisniewski
- Democratic Governors’ Association
- State Sen. Richard Codey
- State Assemblyman Louis Greenwald
- State Senate President Stephen Sweeney
- Mayor of Newark Cory Booker
- Mayor of Jersey City
- Mayor of Bayonne
Money in the campaign
Since 1977, New Jersey gubernatorial primary and general election candidates can qualify for a public funding program whereby candidates who raise a minimum amount of money are dispensed tax-generated funds, controlled by the state election law enforcement commission, in direct proportion to campaign donations given from the public. In 2013, the qualifying sum for primary gubernatorial candidates is $380,000. The purpose of the program is to lessen the influence of corporate contributions in elections. On February 2, 2013, Buono's campaign reported that it had surpassed the $380,000 mark. By that time, Christie had already raised $2 million. Unlike in 2009, Christie is not using matching funds in the 2013 primary.
In New Jersey, qualified candidates who choose to accept public funds may not spend more than $12.2 million on their gubernatorial campaigns. The maximum amount of public funds that any candidate may receive is $8.2 million. New Jersey employs a two-to-one matching program for qualified contributions. It is detailed in Title 19 Chapter 25 Sub Chapter 15 of the New Jersey State Statutes.
In November 2012, the Washington Post rated the New Jersey gubernatorial election as one of the top five races to watch in 2013.
First term incumbent Gov. Chris Christie (R) announced his bid for re-election on November 26, 2012, the day before Quinnipiac University released a poll showing Christie's approval rating soaring to 72%, compared to 56% in October and previous record high of 59% from April. The peak job approval ratings from New Jersey voters were Christie's reward for his performance in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
In early 2013, names of potential Democratic candidates for New Jersey Governor defected to a new list - supporters of presumptive nominee Barbara Buono, a state Senator. Buono was the only individual from her party to formally enter the race until the April 1 primary candidate filing deadline; Four additional Democrats ultimately filed for the Democratic primary nomination, as well as one Republican candidate.
In February, when Buono's campaign passed the $380,000 fundraising mark to qualify for the state's public matching-funds program, Christie had already raised $2 million for his re-election campaign. Unlike in 2009, Christie stated that he will not accept matching funds in the 2013 primary. Despite Buono’s expanding campaign coffer and list of endorsements, which now includes the Democratic Governors’ Association, she faces what appears to be an uphill battle. The incumbency advantage aside, Christie’s fundraising prowess and popularity--especially since Hurricane Sandy--among heavyweights from both major parties shield him against an upset in November.
|New Jersey Governor's Race 2013|
|Response||Quinnipiac University Poll|
April 19-22, 2013
|NBC News/Marist Poll|
(April 28-May 2, 2013)
|Barbara Buono (D)||26%||28%||27%|
|Chris Christie (R)||58%||60%||59%|
|Margin of error||+/-2.9||+/-3.0%||2.95%|
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to email@example.com|
- See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011
Buono won re-election to the District 18 Senate Seat. She ran unopposed in the June 7 Democratic primary election. Buono defeated Republican candidate Gloria Dittman in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. 
|New Jersey State Senate District 18 General Election, 2011|
|Democratic||Barbara Buono Incumbent||60.1%||19,631|
In 2007, Buono was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 18. Buono (D) finished with 21,365 votes and was followed by Daniel Brown (R) with 12,896 votes. Buono raised $453,084 for her campaign fund. 
|New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 18 (2007)|
|Barbara Buono (D)||21,365|
|Daniel Brown (R)||12,896|
In 2011, Buono received $929,766 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Barbara Buono's campaign in 2011|
|Cmte To Elect Buono Diegnan & Barnes||$28,493|
|New Jersey Regional Council Of Carpenters||$14,200|
|Communications Workers New Jersey||$13,200|
|New Jersey Association Of Realtors||$12,400|
|Mechanical Contractors Association Of New Jersey||$12,000|
|Total Raised in 2011||$929,766|
|Total Votes received in 2011||19,631|
|Cost of each vote received||$47.36|
District 18 ranked ninth in fundraising
As of October 25, candidates for District 18 raised $1,148,826--according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This made District 18 number nine in fundraising for the 2011 election season.
In 2007, Buno collected $453,084 in donations.
Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.
|Edison Democrats 2007||$19,000|
|New Jersey State Laborers||$10,700|
|Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers District Council of New Jersey||$10,000|
|New Jersey Dental Association||$8,500|
|NAIOP New Jersey Chapter||$8,500|
Buono was endorsed by:
Buono represents New Jersey Senate District 18, which includes the township of East Brunswick, New Jersey.
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- Buono for Governor 2013, Official Campaign Website
- Buono's campaign on Facebook
- Follow Buono's campaign on Twitter
- Buono's campaign on YouTube
- Barbara Buono's personal website
- Official website of Barbara Buono
- Barbara Buono legislative profile on Project Vote Smart
- Barbara Buono biography on Project Vote Smart
- New Jersey Democratic Party biography of Barbara Buono
- Barbara Buono on Facebook
- Barbara Buono on Twitter
- ↑ Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives
- ↑ NorthJersey.com, "Democrat Barbara Buono running for governor in NJ," December 11, 2012
- ↑ Official website of Barbara Buono
- ↑ Barbara Buono at Project Vote Smart
- ↑ Quinnipiac University, "Booker Is Strongest Dem To Face Christie, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Say Show Me The Money Before Tax Cut Vote," October 17, 2012
- ↑ The Associated Press, "Buono picks up key backing in NJ gov's race," January 28, 2013
- ↑ PolititickerNJ.com, "National pipefitters wade into gov. race, endorse Christie," March 26, 2013
- ↑ Arizonacentral.com, "Dems agree on candidate to challenge NJ’s Christie," January 30, 2013
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- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 NJ.com, "Harrison's Democratic leaders endorse Christie without tipping county Dem Party officials," February 1, 2013
- ↑ NJ.com, "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 The Star-Ledger, "Buono qualifies for public matching funds in N.J. governor's race," February 4, 2013
- ↑ New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Press Release," June 19, 2012
- ↑ Washington Post, "The 5 best races of 2013," November 30, 2012
- ↑ Quinnipiac University Poll, "Sandy Response Sends New Jersey Gov Approval Sky-High, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Back Stricter Codes For Shore Rebuilding," November 27, 2012
- ↑ USA Today, "New Jersey Governor Christie announces re-election bid," November 27, 2012
- ↑ Asbury Park Press, "Christie, Buono get five other primary foes," April 2, 2013
- ↑ New Jersey Department of State, 2011 Official State Senate Primary Candidate List
- ↑ New Jersey State Senate election results
- ↑ Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
- ↑ New Jersey ELEC, "News Release," November 3, 2011
- ↑ http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95681
- ↑ Politicker NJ, 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011
- ↑ New Jersey Senate Districts By Number
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