Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announces its endorsement of Barbara Buono for Governor of New Jersey.
“It’s about time New Jersey has its first pro-choice Democratic woman governor,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List, “and as a progressive champion with an impressive track record of fighting for women and families, Barbara Buono is the perfect candidate to finally break that glass ceiling. Buono is a lifelong New Jerseyan and mother of six, who understands firsthand the struggles that working families face. And during her nearly two decades in public service she fought for families like hers by protecting women’s healthcare, cutting the budget by $4.5 million while still preserving vital programs, and expanding access to affordable housing.
“That’s why we’re so thrilled to have been with her every step of the way –starting with her first campaign for State Senate. The EMILY’s List community – now two million members strong – is ready to unseat the aggressively anti-woman Governor Chris Christie, and replace him with a smart and pragmatic fighter who will expand opportunity for women and families.”
Barbara Buono is a lifelong resident of New Jersey. She began her political career in 1993 when she served on the Borough of Metuchen Council, and promoted responsible government spending without cutting vital services. Buono was elected to the New Jersey State Assembly in 1994, and served as an assembly member until 2001 when she was elected to the New Jersey State Senate. During her tenure as a state senator, Buono became the first woman to serve as Majority Leader from 2010-2011 as well as the first woman to chair the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. As a state senator, Buono introduced legislation to fund family planning, and fought to raise the minimum wage, require hospitals to provide care to sexual assault victims, extend family leave benefits, and legalize same-sex marriage. Barbara Buono received her B.A. in political science from Montclair State College, and her J.D. from Rutgers Law School.
During the 2011- 2012 election cycle, EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates – the only pro-choice Democratic woman governor in the country, 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, and three new Senators – all the first women to represent their states in the Senate. And this cycle, women we’ve helped elect include the first Hindu and first female combat veterans to serve in the House, the first openly gay Senator, and the first Asian American woman to serve in the Senate. With a community that has quintupled since 2010 – now more than two million members strong – EMILY's List is one of the largest political action committees in the nation. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY's List has worked to elect 100 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. In the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY's List had the largest number of members and donors in our 28 year history, and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars.
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