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Buono introduces labor leader as running mate



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor says it’s a “high honor” to join a ticket committed to restoring New Jersey.

Labor leader Milly Silva was introduced Monday as gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono’s running mate. Silva is executive vice president of a private union of health care workers.

The 43-year-old Montclair resident wasted no time attacking the Republican governor, whose policies she says have hurt the middle- and working-class.

She says Christie’s associations with conservative politicians is “cause for alarm.”

The Christie campaign says Silva is unqualified to be governor.

The all-female ticket is a first for New Jersey and only the third nationwide.

Buono and Silva are challenging Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who are seeking a second term.