Just two days after ending a feud with state Sen. Barbara Buono, Senate President Steve Sweeney today issued an endorsement of the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
“Barbara Buono is the clear choice to move New Jersey forward. Whether it is improving our schools, protecting our seniors, fighting for women’s healthcare, ensuring civil rights for all New Jerseyans, or providing economic relief that our workforce and middle-class desperately needs, Barbara Buono reflects true Democratic values and believes in the middle-class,” Sweeney said. “These values unify our party, solidify our resolve and are the reasons all Democrats must stand with Barbara.”
Sweeney and Buono had feuded for a month over Buono’s choice for chairman of the Democratic state committee. Buono had wanted Hudson County Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell in the post, but Sweeney and other legislative and party leaders were against the choice.
Instead Sweeney recruited state Sen. Ray Lesniak to challenge O’Donnell. At the 11th hour, Sweeney and Buono met and agreed on a consensus choice, Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie.
Currie was approved to the post last night.
Sources surrounding Sweeney and Buono disagreed on what was included in the deal between the two senators, with Buono’s side saying Sweeney promised to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Buono and Sweeney sources denying any such promise was made.