Standing with hospital workers, Buono blasts Christie at JC Medical Center rally

JERSEY CITY – Joining rallying labor workers here outside Jersey City Medical Center, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) forged a narrative arc straight from these Hudson streets to Drumthwacket.

“When did it become fashionable to bash unions?” Buono yelled above the crowd of AFSCME workers in search of a contract with the hospital. “

The shouts started.

“Christie! Christie! Christie!”

“Collective bargaining is a right that cannot be taken away,” said Buono, self-identified onstage as the daughter of a union butcher. 

In response, a spokesman for the governor highlighted the bi-partisan support the GOP incumbent has received, including endorsements from three trade unions.

“With a record of voting to raise taxes or fees 154 times on New Jersey families and against bipartisan pension and health benefit reforms that are saving taxpayers $120 billion, there’s little surprise that Barbara Buono is standing with the usual suspects to lob negative and misleading attacks,” said spokesman Kevin Roberts. “In stark contrast, the Governor has a record of strong, bipartisan leadership to move New Jersey forward and is drawing support from across the political spectrum, including Democrats, labor groups, and community organizations.”

Standing with hospital workers, Buono blasts Christie at JC Medical Center rally