TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey State Sen. Barbara Buono is about to pick up her second endorsement by a Democratic Party county organization in her bid for governor.
Monmouth County Democratic Organization Chairman Vin Gopal tells The Associated Press that Monmouth County Democrats have voted to back her.
The county Democrats hope that by endorsing the only declared challenger to Republican Gov. Chris Christie they’ll break the logjam that has paralyzed the party since Newark Mayor Cory Booker decided not to run.
Buono, of Middlesex County, is not the choice of the most powerful factions of the party. Her only other county organization endorsement has come from Somerset.
Democratic powerbrokers have been hoping better-known state Sen. Dick Codey or U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell enter the race.