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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.<ref>[http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/2011-results/2011-official-primary-candidates-state-senate-051911.pdf ''New Jersey Department of State,'' "2011 Official State Senate Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014]</ref>
 
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Barbara Buono
Barbara Buono.jpg
New Jersey State Senate District 18
Former Member
In office
2002-2014
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Senate Majority Leader
2009-2011
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Jersey General Assembly
1994-2001
Education
Bachelor'sMontclair State College (1975)
J.D.Rutgers University School of Law (1979)
Personal
BirthdayJuly 28, 1953
Place of birthNewark, NJ
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Personal website
Campaign website
Barbara Buono campaign logo
CandidateVerification
Barbara Buono (b. July 28, 1953, in Newark, New Jersey) is a former Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 18 from 2002 to 2014. She previously served as Majority Leader and Majority Caucus Leader. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Buono include Senate Bill 6 and Senate Bill 15.[1]

Buono ran for election to the position of Governor of New Jersey in 2013.[2] She won the Democratic Party nomination in the primary election on June 4, 2013. Buono announced her choice of union leader Milly Silva as her lieutenant gubernatorial running mate on July 29, 2013.[3] The two-woman ticket lost to incumbent Republican governor/Lt. governor pair Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno. They also faced a number of third party opponents in the general election contest which took place November 5, 2013.[4][5]

Buono's State Senate was filled by Democrat Peter Barnes, III.

Biography

Buono earned her B.A. in Political Science from Montclair State College and her J.D from Rutgers School of Law.[6]

Buono's professional experience includes working as the police commissioner of Metuchen, New Jersey and as a criminal trial attorney for the Department of the Public Advocate for the State of New Jersey. Prior to her election to the state senate, Buono was also a member of the Metuchen City Council from 1993 to 1994.[7]

Committee assignments

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Buono served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2013

Buono's 2013 campaign website highlighted the following issues and priorities:[8]

  • Education
Excerpt: "Nothing is more important to New Jersey’s future than an educated workforce that can compete in the global economy and start new businesses right here in our state. Barbara has been a tireless advocate for providing equitable K-12 funding across New Jersey, and fought Governor Christie’s efforts to cut $820 million in education funding."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Governor Christie has repeatedly undermined efforts to reduce pollution and grow our clean energy economy. By unilaterally pulling New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative that includes states throughout the Northeast, Christie has held back investment in our solar and renewable energy industries and could cost New Jerseyans high tech jobs. Barbara will restore New Jersey’s leadership in clean energy, attracting solar and wind projects and spurring new hiring. As governor, she’ll put a stop to the Christie Administration’s use of waivers that allow polluters to dirty our air and water and jeopardize public health."
  • Healthcare
Excerpt: "As Governor, Barbara will restore funding for women’s health and work to lower the cost of insurance and expand coverage."
  • Transportation
Excerpt: "Barbara [will] ensure that transportation funds are used to reduce congestion and improve commuter rail, not diverted to tax cuts for the wealthy."
  • Working Families
Excerpt: "she's fought to protect collective bargaining rights for teachers and firefighters and police officers who have been demonized by Governor Christie. As Governor, Barbara will continue those fights, for hard-working families across our state who can’t afford lawyers and lobbyists, but deserve to have their voices heard in Trenton."
  • Gun Violence Prevention
“When it comes to protecting our children, New Jersey can and must do better. Governor Christie has offered shallow solutions that do little to solve the problem of gun violence. As Governor, I will take decisive action to prevent the kinds of tragedies that are all too common today.”[9]
  • LGBT
Excerpt: "With Barbara as governor, LGBT New Jerseyans will finally have a leader in Trenton who fights for them. Barbara will ensure that New Jersey joins its neighboring states in making marriage equality the law of the land and make sure New Jersey's anti-bullying and anti-discrimination laws are fully enforced."
  • Economy and Jobs
Excerpt: "Barbara is committed to creating the same opportunities she had as a child growing up in Nutley—the chance to get an affordable education and a good job and to go as far as your talents take you. As governor, she will restore New Jersey’s place as a national leader in innovation, creating good-paying jobs that can support our families."

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2013

Buono claims that Christie wants to be President, while she wants to be "Your Governor." TV spot released Oct. 21, 2013

On December 11, 2012, Buono announced her candidacy for Governor of New Jersey in 2013.[10] Buono defeated Troy Webster in the Democratic primary election on June 4, 2013. She then selected Milly Silva for her running mate, filling the lieutenant governor slot on the Democratic ticket. Buono and Silva went on to lose to incumbents Gov. Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno in the general election on November 5, 2013.[5][4]

  • General Election - 2013 Governor Race

On November 5, 2013, Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno (R) won re-election as Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey. They defeated the Buono/Silva (D), Kaplan/Bell (L), Welzer/Alessandrini (I), Sare/Todd (I), Araujo/Salamanca (I), Schroeder/Moschella (I) and Boss/Thorne (I) ticket(s) in the general election.

Governor and Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Christie & Kim Guadagno 60.3% 1,278,932
     Democratic Barbara Buono & Milly Silva 38.2% 809,978
     Libertarian Kenneth Kaplan & Brenda Bell 0.6% 12,155
     Independent Steven Welzer & Patricia Alessandrini 0.4% 8,295
     Independent Diane Sare & Bruce Todd 0.2% 3,360
     Independent William Araujo & Maria Salamanca 0.2% 3,300
     Independent Hank Schroeder & Patricia Moschella 0.1% 2,784
     Independent Jeff Boss & Robert Thorne 0.1% 2,062
Total Votes 2,120,866
Election Results Via: New Jersey Department of State
  • Primary
Governor of New Jersey Democratic Primary Election, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Buono 88.1% 173,714
Troy Webster 11.9% 23,457
Total Votes 197,171
Election Results Via:New Jersey Department of State.


Polls

September 26-October 28

New Jersey Governor's Race 2013
Poll Barbara Buono (D) Chris Christie* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Monmouth University Poll
(September 26-29, 2013)
37%56%4.0%+/-4.0615
Fairleigh Dickenson Poll
(September 30, 2013-October 5, 2013)
25%58%15%+/-3.7702
Rasmussen Reports
(October 7, 2013)
34%55%7%+/-3.01,000
Quinnipiac University Poll
(October 5-7, 2013)
33%62%4%+/-2.91,144
Stockton Institute Poll
(October 3-8, 2013)
28%61%11%+/-3.5800
Monmouth University Poll
(October 10-12, 2013)
38%59%3%+/-2.51,606
Quinnipiac University Poll
(October 10-14, 2013)
33%62%5%+/-2.21,938
Rutgers Eagleton Poll (Likely Voters)
(October 7-13, 2013)
33%59%6%+/-4.1562
Quinnipiac University Poll
(October 21-27, 2013)
31%64%5%+/-2.81,203
Stockton College Poll
(October 23-28, 2013)
32%56%8%+/-3.5804
AVERAGES 32.4% 59.2% 6.8% +/-3.22 1,037.4
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 editor@ballotpedia.org.

April 19-September 22

New Jersey Governor's Race 2013
Poll Barbara Buono (D) Chris Christie* (R)UndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Quinnipiac University Poll
April 19-22, 2013
26%58%13%+/-2.91,112
NBC News/Marist Poll
April 28-May 2, 2013
28%60%10%+/-3.01,080
Quinnipiac University Poll
July 2-7, 2013
29%61%7%+/-3.01,068
Quinnipiac University Poll
August 1-5, 2013
30%58%8%+/-2.22,042
Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll
August 15-18, 2013
36%56%6%+/-3.5777
Farleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll
August 21-27, 2013
26%50%24%+/-3.7700
Rasmussen Reports Poll
September 10-11, 2013
32%58%8%+/-3.0999
Rutgers-Eagleton Poll
September 3-9, 2013
35%55%8%+/-4.1568
Stockton Poll
September 15-21, 2013
30%58%9%+/-3.4812
Quinnipiac University Poll
September 19-22, 2013
30%64%6%+/-2.81,249
AVERAGES 30.2% 57.8% 9.9% +/-3.16 1,040.7
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 editor@ballotpedia.org.



Incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie and Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono each faced a single challenger in the primary election on June 4, although neither presented a substantial challenge at the polls: Christie and Buono won their respective party nominations with roughly 90% of the vote.[11][12]

Former Atlantic City Councilman Seth Grossman was the sole Republican to brave a run against the popular first term governor, whose star had long been on the rise before going meteoric in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Grossman's campaign criticized Christie for being overly moderate, while Buono's opponent Troy Webster, advisor to the mayor of East Orange, believed he was uniquely suited to making New Jersey friendlier to "the working poor and middle class families who have been literally 'thrown under the bus.'"[13] Grossman and Webster were endorsed by the weekly publication NJ Today.[14]

In New Jersey, gubernatorial candidates have 30 days to select a lieutenant gubernatorial running mate with whom to share their ticket in the general election. Immediately after launching his re-election campaign, Christie secured his running mate, 2009 successful teammate and current Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. Buono, meanwhile, waited until July 29 to formally announce her choice of union leader Milly Silva, the executive vice president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, as her running mate.[15][16] The two-woman ticket went up against incumbent pairing Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno in addition to a number of third party opponents in the general election contest that took place November 5, 2013.

Christie was heavily favored to win re-election, with his campaign raising nearly double that of Buono's in the primary and maintaining a decisive double-digit advantage in the polls throughout the election season.[17][18] In the final week before the general election, Christie boasted a staggering 24.3-point average polling lead.[19] He also had bipartisan support, which was crucial in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans by over 700,000, according to party registration statistics provided by the New Jersey Department of State.[20]

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 was $380,000.[21] The purpose of the program is to lessen the influence of corporate contributions in elections. On February 2, 2013, then-presumptive Democratic nominee Barbara Buono's campaign reported that it had surpassed the $380,000 mark.[22] By that time, Christie's campaign had already raised $2 million. Unlike in 2009, Christie declined to use matching funds in the 2013 primary, but he decided in August to opt into the program for the general election phase. Under the program, Christie became eligible for an additional $8 million, approximately. The terms also required him to participate in two debates with Buono before the general election.[22][23]

In November 2012, the New Jersey gubernatorial election was rated by the Washington Post as one of the top five races to watch in 2013.[24] Christie's high-wattage presence notwithstanding, the contest never rose to the level of excitement originally anticipated. This was due in part to the decision of former Newark Mayor Cory Booker to run for U.S. Senate rather than attempt to oust Christie in 2013. Booker had long been considered the Democratic front-runner and best hope to take on the juggernaut incumbent, until announcing his - ultimately winning - Senate bid, and leaving comparatively unknown Democrats on their own to be steamrolled by Christie, whose upward career trajectory and bipartisan appeal were taken virtually for granted on the eve of his second term re-election. To this extent, it is not easy to revisit early reports predicting Christie would be vulnerable to losing his seat in 2013 without feeling incredulous.[25]

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.[26] 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.[22] By that time, Christie had already raised $2 million. Unlike in 2009, Christie is not using matching funds in the 2013 primary.[22] Buono did not raise enough to qualify for the $3.5 million maximum available under the matching funds program, and therefore entered the primaries with about $2.7 million, compared with Christie's nearly $7 million- raised without public financing. In the general election, Buono is eligible for a maximum of $8.2 million.[27]

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.[28] 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.

Controversies

On September 3, 2013, Christie accused Buono of taking a jab at his weight in one of her speeches at a recent campaign event. Buono had been addressing the issue of tourism and the recent commercials that have aired featuring the Christie family on the beach. $2 million in federal Sandy recovery funds were used on the tourism commercials, and Buono remarked "I don't know about you, but seeing Chris Christie frolicking on the beach is not going to drive me to go to the shore." While the Buono campaign maintains it only wanted to draw attention to how the federal money was being used and question its effectiveness, Christie criticized Buono for stooping to the level of his former opponent, Governor Jon Corzine in 2009, who once used a line about Christie "throwing his weight around" in a campaign commercial. Buono said that Christie needed to "toughen up and face the facts," and remarked that it seemed he was using his weight to prevent being criticized for failing strategies.[29]

Barbara Buono[30] Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Post-Primary ReportJune 27, 2013$87,127.60$631,687.49$(651,893.65)$66,421.44
Running totals
$631,687.49$(651,893.65)

2011

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.[31]

New Jersey State Senate District 18 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Buono Incumbent 60.1% 19,631
     Republican Gloria Dittman 39.9% 13,042
Total Votes 32,673

2007

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2007

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.[32]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 18 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara Buono (D) 21,365
Daniel Brown (R) 12,896

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Buono is available dating back to 1997. Based on available campaign finance records, Buono raised a total of $2,561,068 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 13, 2013.[33]

Barbara Buono's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey State Senate, District 18 Won $929,766
2009 New Jersey State Senate, District 18 Not up for election $298,839
2007 New Jersey State Senate, District 18 Won $453,084
2005 New Jersey State Senate, District 18 Not up for election $250,853
2003 New Jersey State Senate, District 18 Won $276,863
2001 New Jersey State Senate, District 18 Won $133,531
1999 New Jersey General Assembly, District 18 Won $122,313
1997 New Jersey General Assembly, District 18 Won $95,819
Grand Total Raised $2,561,068

2011

Buono won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2011. During that election cycle, Buono raised a total of $929,766.

2009

Buono was not up for election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2009. During that election cycle, Buono raised a total of $298,839.

2007

Buono won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2007. During that election cycle, Buono raised a total of $453,084.

2005

Buono was not up for election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2005. During that election cycle, Buono raised a total of $250,853.

2003

Buono won re-election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2003. During that election cycle, Buono raised a total of $276,863.

2001

Buono won election to the New Jersey State Senate in 2001. During that election cycle, Buono raised a total of $133,531.

1999

Buono won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1999. During that election cycle, Buono raised a total of $122,313.

1997

Buono won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1997. During that election cycle, Buono raised a total of $95,819.

Endorsements

2013


Buono's first TV spot of the campaign, released May 22, 2013

Buono's campaign for governor was endorsed by the following individuals and organizations:[34]

2011

Buono was endorsed by:

Personal

Buono and her husband, Martin Gizzi, have four children and two step-children.

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References

  1. New Jersey State Legislature, "Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives," accessed April 10, 2014
  2. NorthJersey.com, "Democrat Barbara Buono running for governor in NJ," December 11, 2012
  3. Barbara Buono and Milly Silva 2013 Official Campaign website, "Press Releases: Buono Names Milly Silva Candidate for Lieutenant Governor," July 29, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 New York Times, Chris Christie Re-elected Governor of New Jersey, November 5, 2013
  5. 5.0 5.1 PolitickerNJ.com, "Buono: Together we can create a better New Jersey," June 4, 2013
  6. Official website of Barbara Buono
  7. Barbara Buono at Project Vote Smart
  8. Buono for Governor 2013 Official campaign website, "Issues," accessed August 1, 2013
  9. Buono for Governor 2013 Official campaign website, "Issues-Plan to Prevent Gun Violence," accessed August 1, 2013
  10. 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
  11. NJToday "Primary election results," accessed June 5, 2013
  12. Politickernj.com, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
  13. Elect Troy Webster Official Campaign Website, "Biography," accessed June 4, 2013
  14. NJ Today, "EDITORIAL: Troy Webster For Governor," April 14, 2013
  15. NorthJersey.com, "Barbara Buono picks union leader Milly Silva as running mate," July 25, 2013
  16. Barbara Buono and Milly Silva 2013 Official Campaign website, "Press Releases: Buono Names Milly Silva Candidate for Lieutenant Governor," July 29, 2013
  17. PolitickerNJ, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
  18. ‘’NJ News 12 “Poll: Christie remains popular in NJ” accessed April 15, 2013
  19. RealClearPolitics, "New Jersey Governor - Christie vs. Buono," accessed November 3, 2013
  20. New Jersey Department of State Elections Division, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," May 7, 2013
  21. NJ.com, "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 The Star-Ledger, "Buono qualifies for public matching funds in N.J. governor's race," February 4, 2013
  23. NorthJersey.com, "Christie campaign participating in public financing program," August 20, 2013
  24. Washington Post, "The 5 best races of 2013," November 30, 2012
  25. Public Policy Polling, "Christie in trouble for re-election," July 20, 2011
  26. NJ.com, "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
  27. abc News, "Chris Christie Challenger Suffers Another Setback," June 5, 2013
  28. New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Press Release," June 19, 2012
  29. Huffington Post, Chris Christie Slams Barbara Buono Over Apparent Dig At Weight, September 3, 2013
  30. New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Campaign Finance Report Summary: Barbara Buono," June 27, 2013
  31. New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official State Senate Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
  32. Follow the Money, "New Jersey State Senate 2007 general election results," accessed April 10, 2014
  33. followthemoney.org, "Buono, Barbara" Accessed August 13, 2013
  34. The Associated Press, "Buono picks up key backing in NJ gov's race," January 28, 2013
  35. PolititickerNJ.com, "National pipefitters wade into gov. race, endorse Christie," March 26, 2013
  36. Arizonacentral.com, "Dems agree on candidate to challenge NJ’s Christie," January 30, 2013
  37. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named quinpolll
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 NJ.com, "Harrison's Democratic leaders endorse Christie without tipping county Dem Party officials," February 1, 2013
  39. New Jersey, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick endorses Buono for N.J. governor, September 24, 2013
  40. The Paramus Post, New Jersey’s Largest Firefighter’s Labor Union Backs Buono for Governor, September 24, 2013
  41. Politicker NJ, 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011
Political offices
Preceded by
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New Jersey State Senate District 18
2002–2014
Succeeded by
Peter Barnes, III (D)