NJ Dem Tapped for Vast Task of Unseating Christie
Tough fight ahead for Barbara Buono
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2013 3:36 AM CST
In this photograph taken Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, in Trenton, NJ, Sen. Barbara Buono talks during a news conference.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

(Newser) – New Jersey's Democrats have picked somebody for the David-vs.-Goliath task of taking on the man polls show is the country's most popular governor—and possibly its most popular Republican. State Sen. Barbara Buono has won the support of the Democratic Governors' Association and state Democratic groups, making her the presumptive nominee to face Chris Christie in the November election, the Courier Post reports. Newark Mayor Cory Booker has decided to explore a Senate run instead of challenging Christie.

"I was always confident the party would come together," Buono says. "This election is too important—it's about having someone who stands up for working New Jerseyans and the working poor who have been forgotten by this governor." But she faces a mammoth task: Christie's popularity soared after his widely praised response to Hurricane Sandy and he is way ahead in fundraising. His war chest will swell further when Mark Zuckerberg hosts a fundraiser for him next month.

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Jan 30, 2013 7:04 AM CST
Oooooh, bootylicious Barbara got trim figure & long auburn hair like Michele Bachmann. She will whip fat slob Christie if New Jersey have any straight men voting. Yeah, time for change in the Garden State.
Jan 30, 2013 6:28 AM CST
The people of New Jersey deserve a Democratic governor. Someone needs to feed Christie some humble pie.
Jan 30, 2013 6:25 AM CST
Heart disease, diabetes, or some other health complications will take this fat boy out of office before ANOTHER liberal Demwit takes Christie's place. He is a closet Demwit just like Colin Powell and unworthy to represent the GOP. Thus, Christie will defeat any liberal challenger for he is already there in a liberal voting minded state of New Jerseyan losers.....Save your money Demwits and try to help food stamp Booker in his comical quests. LOL