NUTLEY – Sen. Barbara Buono is trailing Gov. Chris Christie in fundraising for the upcoming gubernatorial election, but people should not be quick to criticize her for it, she says.
The Democratic hopeful criticized reporters Tuesday for being too eager to write stories or discuss how she’s lagging behind Christie in raising funds, and she said she is not getting enough credit for raising what she has without the support of party bosses.
“I raised over a million in the primary and I did it without institutional support,” said Buono, adding she raised the money by way of her own hard work and belief in her causes for running.
“Isn’t that the kind of person you want?” she asked. “I don’t know, I think you should reflect on that.”
Buono raised $1.2 million in the primary and took matching funds.
The lawmaker has yet to raise $380,000 in the general election and has yet to qualify for public financing.