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Ocean County Dems Back Buono for Governor

Middlesex County state senator would challenge Gov. Chris Christie

The Ocean County Democratic organization has thrown its support behind state Sen. Barbara Buono for governor.

The Middlesex County Democrat has announced she will challenge incumbent Republican Chris Christie in November.

With word that Newark mayor Cory Booker, state Sen. Richard Codey and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney will not seek the state's highest office, Buono is widely considered to be the Democratic frontrunner in the June primary election.

The Ocean County party organization made its decision to support Buono last weekend after she appeared at a county committee breakfast in Toms River.

Christie has been a "disaster" for New Jersey, Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp said in a statement to Patch.

"Under his watch, New Jersey has the highest property taxes in the nation and the fourth worst unemployment rate," said Earp. "That's failure."

Despite criticism from Democrats, however, Christie has enjoyed high approval ratings in recent months since Superstorm Sandy struck the state.

A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows Christie holding on to a nearly 75 percent approval rating, the Wall Street Journal reported. The same poll showed Christie leading Buono 63 percent to 22 percent in a hypothetical gubernatorial race.

bayboat January 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM
So the guys that COULD have beat (maybe) CC are out. Poor Buono...nobody wants to get TOO close to the sacrificial lamb.
Mac January 29, 2013 at 11:56 AM
It's so easy in Ocean County. Senator Buono wins the four-way race to run against Governor Christie in November after the other three leading contenders drop out of the race. To celebrate her victory, she has breakfast in Toms River and picks up the endorsement of the Ocean County Democratic OK Corral survivors. I suggest that if the Ocean County Dems want to insure that their numbers stay intact throughout the election, then all six of them should stay off the Seaside Heights boardwalk when Governor Christie takes his vacation next summer. As for Wyatt, well, you have already had your fifteen minutes a couple of centuries ago. It’s time for you to get a real job and turn the party leadership over to someone a bit more up-to-date on how to win an election.
Ray January 29, 2013 at 01:31 PM
The OC Democrats are a joke. Their support means nothing. Wyatt need to go on a diet.
Paul Ryans a tool January 29, 2013 at 02:22 PM
yeah because the Ocean County repukes are doing such a good job fleecing the old folks and the pineys
abc January 29, 2013 at 02:46 PM
There are Ocean County Democrats?!
proud January 29, 2013 at 03:07 PM
What ever happened to the democratic big wig from beachwood? I thought he was the big Cahuna in the OC Democratic Party .
BN January 29, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Yes, Wyatt and the jackass who used to teach at OCC.
Irina January 29, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Hey Barbara....Save your money, you don't have a snowballs chance in HeII. I wonder how does it feel to be a scarifical lamb?
abc January 29, 2013 at 04:54 PM
This gubernatorial race should be comical
. January 29, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Don't be so sure. There are more registered Democrats in New Jersey than Republicans. Not everyone is so brainwashed by Christie. He needs the boot.
abc January 29, 2013 at 04:58 PM
So... the fact that he's the most popular Governor in the history of the state means nothing?
LT Guy January 29, 2013 at 05:53 PM
If folks REALLY start looking into the large fellows doings when he was the Federal Attorney for NJ, they might have a different opinion. The amount of evidence that was sent to him in regard to the wrong doing of numerous elected officials throughout Ocean County that was conveniently ignored because of his STRONG TIES to said elected officials should defintely make folks take a second look. Oh yeah, I forgot, Ocean County is owned by "Georgie Boy", so no one gives a damn when regular folks get abused because they happen to be in the way of the theives and thugs (Christie's Pals!) that run the county. Wyatt and the Kool-Aid drinkers who follow him are happy to take Gorgie's crumbs. To them it's "me first and the hell with everyone else".
Mac January 29, 2013 at 06:03 PM
He got ambushed in an alley next to the OK Corral. Apparently someone else wanted a party they could call their own. Do you think GG might be a descendant of a member of the Outlaw Cowboy gang?
Chief Wahoo January 29, 2013 at 06:06 PM
do not vote for either ......but the funny thing, Ocean County will vote for the fat liar who just basically screwed each and every one of them
Dorothy Miles January 29, 2013 at 06:47 PM
The unsults towards one another are not necessary. The people will decide in due time. I am a Democrat who has shared frustration with some of Christies antics but I must also consider the great job he did during the worst disaster in the States history. As for Buono she has ruffled many feathers and must overcome that before she can match up against Christie. In order for Chrsitie to lose the teachers, police, fire, State employees and now minimum wage earners have to get off their butts and vote.
J.JONES January 29, 2013 at 06:54 PM
That's the best you have ...not good..!
Sue January 29, 2013 at 08:28 PM
Watch the backlash when His Largeness tries to bully Buono, and when shore homeowners rise up against his cave-in to FEMA's rape of our properties. His ratings will drop like a 2-ton wet blanket.
Opinionated January 29, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Sorry folks, but after this new Menendez scandal, I will not vote for a dem anytime soon. They proudly (with the help of an ABC News coverup) got us a Senator that stands for the ideals and beliefs of the DNC and the media. Please explain that one Mr. Earp, et al. If you are kind enough to respond to the newest one, please explain away all of the other ones.
Halpha2 January 29, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Bill O'Reilly for mayor, governor, Senator and president
knarfie January 29, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Wow, If this is the best they can do, they are in really big trouble. No big name likes to lose, so she agrees to be thrown to the wolves. She will eventually be rewarded for it though. (Or a family member)
Paul Ryan voted no to Sandy Relief January 29, 2013 at 11:07 PM
because they are old or a Piney
Paul Ryan voted no to Sandy Relief January 29, 2013 at 11:10 PM
and it will happen
Paul Ryan voted no to Sandy Relief January 29, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Bill O Reilly the sexual harassment guy? Oh that's right he didn't do it he just paid her off Lets go to the video and audio tape
Ken January 30, 2013 at 02:59 AM
I am neither a D or R, but I can tell you this much there is no way I will vote for Christie. He needs to go, but I must admit I need to learn more about Buono before I vote for her.
foggyworld February 26, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I also am an independent and think it's a crying shame that the Democrats can't find someone who seriously can take on Christie who is walking on very thin ice with the Sandy hit crowd.
A Girl April 12, 2013 at 08:12 PM
It's a shame that Buono isn't going to be given a fair shot. No one really knows who she is, which makes it difficult for her to run against an incumbent which such notoriety/popularity.

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