ASBURY PARK – Sen. Barbara Buono had little to say about her opponent submitting more than $4 million to the state for matching funds this week. However, she did find one silver lining.
The state lawmaker said she was “celebrating” this week after learning Gov. Chris Christie would file for state matching funds in the general election, thus ensuring two public debates between her and the Republican incumbent.
Christie’s campaign announced Tuesday they were submitting $4.13 million for the state’s matching funds program. The number is just shy of the $4.22 million allowed under the program in the general election.
“That’s why I was celebrating yesterday,” said Buono, referring to the debate, when asked if she had any reaction to the campaign’s submission for matching dollars.
In contrast, Buono has only submitted $445,000 for matching dollars in the general election.
Candidates who participate in the program are required to take part in two debates and their running mates – Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) and union executive Milly Silva (D) – will have one debate.