Buono Announces She’s Running For Governor

State Senator Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) is not waiting for Newark Mayor Cory Booker to decide if he’s running for Governor in 2013 or U. S. Senator in 2014. She’ll compete for the Democratic nomination for Governor next year.

Buono launched her campaign website, including a YouTube announcement that she’s running, this morning.


For weeks pundits and Democratic players have said that a Booker for Governor candidacy would clear the field for the gubernatorial nomination.  Buono’s announcement nixes that wishful thinking and assures that there will be a contested primary for the right to take on Governor Chris Christie next November. In her video announcement, the candidate said she would not have the support of the party bosses but would “stake her chances on the folks in the grocery stores and train stations.”

Buono’s announcement means there will be a vacancy for the 18th Legislative District Senate seat, which she has held since 2002.

Booker told CBS’s Face the Nation that we would announce his intentions before Christmas.

Should Booker decline to run, expect at bloody primary between Buono and Senate President Steve Sweeney.

Posted: December 11th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Gubernatorial Politics, Barbara Buono, Cory Booker, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , | 7 Comments »

7 Comments on “Buono Announces She’s Running For Governor”

  1. Barbara Who? said at 2:22 pm on December 11th, 2012:

    Good Luck With That

  2. SenseCommon said at 2:40 pm on December 11th, 2012:

    ***Breaking News, Kermit the Frog has announced he will be running for Governor of NJ…citing that a fictional character has more of a chance then Buono.

  3. Bob English said at 4:52 pm on December 11th, 2012:

    Instead of waiting around for Mayor Booker to announce what he is going to do, its not a bad idea on Buono’s part jumping in now especially since its probably 50-50 at best that Booker is going to run for Governor. If she was going to run irregardless of what Booker did, than it definitely makes sense not to wait for Bookers announcement and to get in now.

  4. Who said at 8:31 pm on December 11th, 2012:

    No, really. Who?

  5. Harold Kane said at 9:53 pm on December 11th, 2012:

    Maybe she should change her name to
    Peter Shapiro, Jr. because she will follow him into political oblivion.

  6. 18th Legislative District Republican said at 10:30 pm on December 11th, 2012:

    Hopefully I exist, have some work ethic and a real desire to win an election on a real Republican platform.

  7. Is that real??? said at 7:54 am on December 13th, 2012:

    I don’t know what’s more laughable, that video or a conversation with Joe Biden. I think she took page 1 out of the DNC play book. Take credit for cuts republicans made, pretend you care about the middle class, the private sector, and throw in social issues. I hope she’s the nominee because I would love to see Christie mop the floor with her in a debate.