Buono Speaks Out About Gubernatorial Race

Following a Democratic rally in Red Bank Thursday night, NJ Today reporter David Cruz spoke to Sen. Barbara Buono about her opinions on the race for New Jersey governor.

Buono said that she believes that the previous debate on Oct. 8 was great, but thought voters could’ve gotten more answers. “I was a little frustrated that the governor did not answer and explain why we still have 400,000 people out of work,” she said.

A lot more people in New Jersey are starting to become more interested in the race for governor, according to Buono, who thinks that it is normal for interest to come up later in the race.

“Unfortunately the governor put his political ambitions ahead of what is right for New Jersey and wasted tens of millions of dollars on this special election,” Buono said, referring to the U.S. Senate election happening Oct. 16.

For Buono, it is about the money that was cut. “He cut seven and a half million dollars in women’s health care, closing six Planned Parenthood centers. Thirty-three thousand less women are getting mammograms and pap smears and yet he is willing to spend $24 million to benefit himself. That’s just not right,” she said.

Buono said she’s looking forward to the next debate, scheduled for Oct. 15 at 8 p.m.