STATE — The 195,000-member New Jersey Education Association endorsed Democrat Barbara Buono for governor this weekend.
“Barbara Buono has supported public education for her entire career in the Legislature,” said NJEA President Barbara Keshishian. “Barbara Buono will be a governor who will believe in public education and the men and women who work in our public schools,” Keshishian added. “Barbara Buono will make the right choice between tax cuts for millionaires and textbooks for schoolchildren.”
On Friday evening, the NJEA PAC Operating Committee, representing members in every county, voted unanimously to endorse Buono. Both Buono and Gov. Chris Christie were interviewed by a 15-member screening committee, which recommended Buono’s endorsement to the entire 135-member Operating Committee.
“We genuinely appreciate Governor Christie’s willingness to participate in a candid and thoughtful conversation with our screening committee,” said Keshishian.
When she appeared before several hundred NJEA members from across the state at a Delegate Assembly meeting in Trenton, Buono was greeted by thunderous applause.
“It’s time for a new set of priorities in Trenton,” Keshishian said. “Barbara Buono is listening to the middle class and the state’s 10 percent unemployed, and their concerns will be heard when she is elected.”