Buono Blasts Christie For Backing Walker

Sen. Barbara Buono

STATE – Gov. Chris Christie plans to travel to Wisconsin tomorrow to attend a pair of fundraisers with that state’s controversial Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a recall election. At least one prominent New Jersey Democrat isn’t happy about it.

“Our governor seems more concerned with one man’s job in Wisconsin than the legions of unemployed constituents at home,” said state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex). “It’s not as if Scott Walker has any advice to offer. Wisconsin lost more jobs over the past 12 months than any other state.”

Walker rose to national prominence last year when he proposed and championed legislation that severely limited collective bargaining rights for most Wisconsin public workers. More than 900,000 of Walker’s constituents signed petitions seeking his recall.

“Governor Walker destroyed collective bargaining rights for the working class in Wisconsin, and then eliminated a pay equality bill protecting women, the elderly and disabled workers,” Buono said. “If that wasn’t bad enough, Walker cut taxes for the rich to the tune of billions of dollars—all at the expense of schools. No coincidence, these are also Governor Christie’s priorities: empowering millionaires, weakening the working class, and allowing our education system to suffer. Our residents have real and imminent problems that can’t be solved traipsing around the Midwest politicking.”

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