|Running for Governor of New Jersey|
|New Jersey State Senate District 18|
|January 10, 2014|
|Years in position||12|
|Senate Majority Leader|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|Next general||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|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Endorsements
- 6 District 18
- 7 Recent news
- 8 Additional reading
- 9 External links
- 10 References
Buono is running for Governor of New Jersey in the 2013 election. 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.
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
On December 11, 2012, Buono announced her candidacy for Governor of New Jersey in 2013. 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.
Buono's first TV spot of the campaign, released May 22, 2013
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.
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.'" Grossman and Webster were endorsed by the weekly publication NJ Today.
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. 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. In the final week before the general election, Christie boasted a staggering 24.3-point average polling lead. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
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
|Governor of New Jersey Democratic Primary Election, 2013|
|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. 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. 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.
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.
|New Jersey Governor's Race 2013|
|Poll||Barbara Buono (D)||Chris Christie (R)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
|Quinnipiac University Poll|
April 19-22, 2013
|NBC News/Marist Poll|
(April 28-May 2, 2013)
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|
- 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
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- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Fact-checking at PolitiFact
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Bills Sponsored by Senators and Representatives
- NorthJersey.com, "Democrat Barbara Buono running for governor in NJ," December 11, 2012
- PolitickerNJ.com, "Buono: Together we can create a better New Jersey," June 4, 2013
- 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
- NJToday "Primary election results," accessed June 5, 2013
- Politickernj.com, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
- Elect Troy Webster Official Campaign Website, "Biography," accessed June 4, 2013
- NJ Today, "EDITORIAL: Troy Webster For Governor," April 14, 2013
- NorthJersey.com, "Barbara Buono picks union leader Milly Silva as running mate," July 25, 2013
- Barbara Buono and Milly Silva 2013 Official Campaign website, "Press Releases: Buono Names Milly Silva Candidate for Lieutenant Governor," July 29, 2013
- PolitickerNJ, "Christie and Buono wrap yawner primary season," June 4, 2013
- ‘’NJ News 12 “Poll: Christie remains popular in NJ” accessed April 15, 2013
- RealClearPolitics, "New Jersey Governor - Christie vs. Buono," accessed November 3, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State Elections Division, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," May 7, 2013
- NJ.com, "Sen. Buono raises almost $250K in first month of campaigning," January 2, 2013
- The Star-Ledger, "Buono qualifies for public matching funds in N.J. governor's race," February 4, 2013
- NorthJersey.com, "Christie campaign participating in public financing program," August 20, 2013
- Washington Post, "The 5 best races of 2013," November 30, 2012
- Public Policy Polling, "Christie in trouble for re-election," July 20, 2011
- 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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- 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
- abc News, "Chris Christie Challenger Suffers Another Setback," June 5, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Press Release," June 19, 2012
- 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
- Politicker NJ, 2011 AFL-CIO endorsed candidates, accessed Aug. 5, 2011
- New Jersey Senate Districts By Number
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