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NJ’s powerful teachers union endorses Buono



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey’s largest teachers union has endorsed Democrat Barbara Buono’s bid to unseat Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

The vow of support for Buono, a state senator from Metuchen, was announced Saturday. The NJEA’s political action committee, representing members in every county, had voted unanimously Friday night to endorse Buono.

The union cited Buono’s longtime support for public education and says it’s time the state had “new leadership.”

The endorsement comes as no surprise, as Christie and the NJEA have long been at odds over numerous issues. The union’s political action committee had endorsed former Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine four years ago, when he was defeated by Christie.