Following cries by party leaders in support of state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) having her own choice of a state party chairperson, seven county party charis responded with their own chorus of support for the presumptive Democratic nominee.
“Democrats in our counties are excited about the candidacy of our presumptive nominee, Senator Barbara Buono. Over the past weeks we have seen Senator Buono travel across the state to sit down with Democrats and discuss the many problems we face every day in our state and in our respective counties. We are impressed with the organization she has quickly assembled which is clearly focused on reaching as many Democrats as possible between now and Primary Day to put her in the best possible position to achieve victory in November.
“With people throughout our state and our counties looking for work in New Jersey while trying to fend off their ever-escalating property taxes as a result of Governor Christie’s ongoing misguided decisions to protect the state’s most wealthy, we recognize how important it is that Senator Buono be elected in November and we stand behind her in that fight. We have also read about recent efforts by some to undermine the long-standing party tradition that allows Senator Buono, as the party’s nominee, to pick the next State Party Chair. We stand resolved behind her in that as well.
“For over 40 years, the Democratic Party Nominee has selected the party’s state chair for the six month term beginning in June through the general election timeline. Now, with the nomination of our party’s first woman candidate for governor, it is our hope that nobody would choose this historic time to try to end that tradition. In our counties, we know what it means to battle Republicans and, how important it is to avoid fighting with each other and to stand by our Democratic values and traditions. Our seven counties combined represent over a 1/3rd of the state committee votes in New Jersey and we will urge our delegations to support Senator Barbara Buono’s choice for State Party Chair in June”
Hunterdon County Democratic Chairman Mike Flynn
Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal
Morris County Democratic Chairman Lew Candura
Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp
Somerset County Democratic Chairwoman Peg Schaffer
Sussex County Democratic Chairman Mike Busche
Warren County Democratic Chairman Robert Stead