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Barbara Buono
Barbara Buono.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for Governor of New Jersey
Current office
New Jersey State Senate District 18
In office
2002-Present
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 12
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Senate Majority Leader
2009-2011
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First elected2001
Next generalNovember 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
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Barbara Buono (b. July 28, 1953) has been a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate since 2002. 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 is running for Governor of New Jersey in the 2013 election.[2] She won the Democratic Party nomination in the primary election on June 4, 2013 and will face incumbent Chris Christie (R) in the Nov 5 general election.[3]

Biography

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.[4]

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.[5]

Committee assignments

2010-2011

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

Elections

2013

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

On December 11, 2012, Buono announced her candidacy for Governor of New Jersey in 2013.[6] Buono defeated Troy Webster in the Democratic primary election on June 4, 2014. She will face incumbent Chris Christie in the general election on November 5, 2013.[3]


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

Race background

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.[7][8]

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.'"[9] Grossman and Webster were endorsed by the weekly publication NJ Today.[10]

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.[11][12] 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.[13][14] In the final week before the general election, Christie boasted a staggering 24.3-point average polling lead.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17] 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.[18] 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.[18][19]

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.[20] 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.[21]


Endorsements

Buono's campaign for governor has been endorsed by the following individuals and organizations:[22]

  • 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.


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.[27] 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.[18] By that time, Christie had already raised $2 million. Unlike in 2009, Christie is not using matching funds in the 2013 primary.[18] 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.[28]

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.[29] 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.

Polls

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
AVERAGES 27% 59% 11.5% +/-2.95 1,096
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.

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. [30]

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

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. [31]

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

2011

In 2011, Buono received $929,766 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[32]

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.[33]

2007

In 2007, Buno collected $453,084 in donations.[34]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to his campaign.

Donor Amount
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

Endorsements

2011

Buono was endorsed by:

District 18

Buono represents New Jersey Senate District 18, which includes the township of East Brunswick, New Jersey.[36]

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References

  1. Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives
  2. NorthJersey.com, "Democrat Barbara Buono running for governor in NJ," December 11, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 PolitickerNJ.com, "Buono: Together we can create a better New Jersey," June 4, 2013
  4. Official website of Barbara Buono
  5. Barbara Buono at Project Vote Smart
  6. 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
  7. NJToday "Primary election results," accessed June 5, 2013
  8. Politickernj.com, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
  9. Elect Troy Webster Official Campaign Website, "Biography," accessed June 4, 2013
  10. NJ Today, "EDITORIAL: Troy Webster For Governor," April 14, 2013
  11. NorthJersey.com, "Barbara Buono picks union leader Milly Silva as running mate," July 25, 2013
  12. Barbara Buono and Milly Silva 2013 Official Campaign website, "Press Releases: Buono Names Milly Silva Candidate for Lieutenant Governor," July 29, 2013
  13. PolitickerNJ, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
  14. ‘’NJ News 12 “Poll: Christie remains popular in NJ” accessed April 15, 2013
  15. RealClearPolitics, "New Jersey Governor - Christie vs. Buono," accessed November 3, 2013
  16. New Jersey Department of State Elections Division, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," May 7, 2013
  17. NJ.com, "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 18.3 The Star-Ledger, "Buono qualifies for public matching funds in N.J. governor's race," February 4, 2013
  19. NorthJersey.com, "Christie campaign participating in public financing program," August 20, 2013
  20. Washington Post, "The 5 best races of 2013," November 30, 2012
  21. Public Policy Polling, "Christie in trouble for re-election," July 20, 2011
  22. The Associated Press, "Buono picks up key backing in NJ gov's race," January 28, 2013
  23. PolititickerNJ.com, "National pipefitters wade into gov. race, endorse Christie," March 26, 2013
  24. Arizonacentral.com, "Dems agree on candidate to challenge NJ’s Christie," January 30, 2013
  25. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named quinpolll
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 NJ.com, "Harrison's Democratic leaders endorse Christie without tipping county Dem Party officials," February 1, 2013
  27. NJ.com, "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
  28. abc News, "Chris Christie Challenger Suffers Another Setback," June 5, 2013
  29. New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Press Release," June 19, 2012
  30. New Jersey Department of State, 2011 Official State Senate Primary Candidate List
  31. New Jersey State Senate election results
  32. Follow the Money - 2011 contributions
  33. New Jersey ELEC, "News Release," November 3, 2011
  34. http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=95681
  35. Politicker NJ, 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011
  36. New Jersey Senate Districts By Number
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