EAST NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The race for governor in New Jersey was officially underway this weekend, with Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono kicking off her campaign, and incumbent Republican Gov. Chris Christie out meeting voters and collecting endorsements.

As WCBS 880’s Levon Putney reported, Christie was shaking hands at the Tops Diner Friday in East Newark.

“Enjoy breakfast. I won’t interrupt you,” Christie said. “I want to thank the mayor and all the members of the council who are here.”

The mayor in question is the chief executive of Harrison – Democrat Raymond McDonough – who has decided to endorse Christie.

“The best thing for the State of New Jersey is to have Chris Christie re-elected governor,” McDonough said.

“This is what I’ve been talking about for nearly four years now, that New Jersey’s problems are not Democrat or Republican problems,” Christie said.

But why is McDonough backing Christie and not Buono?

“I really don’t know Senator Buono; never met her,” McDonough said.

And he never tried. McDonough said he decided six to nine months ago to endorse the Republican Christie.

Whom are you backing for New Jersey governor? Leave your comments below…


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