BORDENTOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The Democratic candidate taking on Chris Christie in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race is considered by some people to be the ultimate underdog.
WCBS 880’s Monica Miller recently sat down with Barbara Buono, who said the distinction is a badge of honor.
The state senator from Metuchen has already put more than 20,000 miles on her SUV reaching out to voters at places like a strip mall in Bordentown.
“We have one of the lowest rates of job creation in the nation and in the region, so New Jersey can do better,” Buono told Miller. “Property taxes that have spiked under this governor an average 20 percent and in many places, more.”
Buono said if elected, she would immediately sign legislation on key issues that she says are being ignored by Christie.
“Marriage equality, I would sign the gun bills that he vetoed,” said Buono. “He thinks that politicians are better suited to make our health care decisions than we are. He thinks women don’t deserve equal pay for equal work.”
She also said she’d work to raise the minimum wage.
The mother of six broke the glass ceiling when she became chair of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee, Miller reported.
Recent polls show Christie with a sizeable lead in the race and some place the blame on Democratic party leaders who haven’t come out to support her, including President Barack Obama.
But Buono said the only endorsement she wants is from New Jersey voters.
“The President came in three times for Jon Corzine and he lost,” she told Miller.
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