Mar 1, 2013
Today elected leaders of dozens of CWA Locals threw their weight behind state Sen. Barbara Buono for New Jersey Governor.
“With one in ten residents out of a job, now more than ever, New Jersey needs leaders who will look out for working families and the middle-class. Our Locals overwhelmingly voted to support Barbara Buono for governor because she understands and is on the side of middle-class families,” said Hetty Rosenstein, CWA’s state director. “Barbara Buono grew up in a working family and knows what it’s like for families to struggle to make ends meet. She’ll fight for all of New Jersey’s families, not just the 1 percent.”
Buono, who has been a steadfast supporter of collective bargaining, received the endorsement at the Labor Education Center in New Brunswick.
“CWA is made up of hard working New Jerseyans and I am honored to receive their support,” said Buono, who aims to square off against Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the November gubernatorial election. “They have long defended the all-American notion that if you work hard you should be able to take care of your family. As governor, I will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them to ensure that is a reality in New Jersey."
Buono has backed a responsible budget to create jobs, supports an increase in the minimum wage and opposes Christie’s risky plan to privatize the state lottery. Buono is also a co-sponsor of the Save New Jersey Call Center Jobs Act, which ends tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and requires public disclosure of outsourcing.