Christie brushes aside Buono criticism on jobs figures

LONG BRANCH – Gov. Chris Christie is brushing aside criticism from his presumptive gubernatorial challenger on the most recent jobs numbers.

The governor told reporters Thursday he’s not surprised Democratic Sen. Barbara Buono had something critical to say about his administration after hearing news that the unemployment rate dipped slightly in March.

“What did you expect her to say, congratulations on the fact that the unemployment rate went down from 9.3 percent to 9 percent when that’s all she talks about?” Christie said.

The governor was responding to news from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development Thursday that the unemployment rate dipped last month after employers added more than 10,000 jobs.

“The fact of the matter is that New Jersey is making progress and that everyone but Sen. Buono feels it, apparently,” he said. “That’s fine. She can say whatever she wants to say. It really doesn’t have any impact upon me at all.”