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Although Barbara Buono is facing a huge battle in trying to defeat New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for re-election, that isn't stopping her from selecting her choice for Lieutenant Governor to run with her in the campaign.

Barbara Buono has selected a female union leader to run as her lieutenant governor as she takes on Governor Christie in November.

Buono has chosen Milly Silva, executive vice president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, according to two Democratic sources familiar with the decision.

Buono’s campaign would only say that she would announce her running mate in a Monday news conference.

Silva recently appeared alongside Buono at an event in Newark calling on lawmakers to address the state’s growing number of foreclosures.

Additional details are coming about when the official in-person announcement will be done:

Milly Silva, vice president of SEIU 1199, which represents 7,000 nursing home workers in 74 facilities, will be announced as Buono’s choice for lieutenant governor Monday during an event at a Meadowlands hotel, according to three sources familiar with the decision who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss internal deliberations.
NJ Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinburg had this to say about Buono's choice in selecting Milly Silva:

“I think she is a terrific woman,” Weinberg said of the union leader. “I think she has executive ability, organizing ability, she knows the state of New Jersey, she knows the workers – the people who take care of many of our most vulnerable in the state, the caregivers – and I think she’s got her hand on the pulse of the working folks in New Jersey.”
It seems Milly Silva might be just what Buono needs to inject more momentum in her campaign in the remaining few months of it.  Silva appears not to be afraid to speak out when it's necessary:

Murray said Silva "can control a crowd. She has a lot of charisma. She does have more charisma than Barbara Buono does in terms of being out there and public speaking."

On her Twitter account, Silva has already taken shots at the party bosses that have made the campaign difficult for Buono by blocking her choice for state party chairman and endorsing her opponent. "@BuonoForNJGov standing up for NJ despite party-boss structure keeping women down," she tweeted last week.

Now compare the team of Barbara Buono and Milly Silva against this Chris Christie, who has made the following headlines:

On the NSA:

"As a former prosecutor who was appointed by President George W. Bush on Sept. 10, 2001, I just want us to be really cautious because this strain of libertarianism that's going through both parties right now and making big headlines, I think, is a very dangerous thought," said Christie, who served as New Jersey's U.S. Attorney under Bush before he was elected governor in 2009.

"President Obama has done nothing to change the policies of the Bush Administration and the war on terrorism," Christie continued. "And I mean practically nothing. And you know why? Because they work. Because they work. And I think what we as a country has to decide, is do we have amnesia? Because I don't. And I remember what we felt like on September 12, 2001."

Asked if he was referring to Paul, Christie said, "You can name any number of people who are engaged in it, and he's one of them."

The governor then noted that more than 600 New Jersey families lost relatives in the 9/11 terrorist attack.

"These esoteric, intellectual debates — I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation," Christie said. "And they won't, because that's a much tougher conversation to have."

"The next attack that comes, that kills thousands of Americans as a result, people are going to be looking back on the people having this intellectual debate," the governor continued.

And vetoing the Medicaid expansion bill:

(Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill that would have expanded Medicaid eligibility under the healthcare law known as Obamacare, his office said on Friday, in an apparent reversal of position for the presumed 2016 Republican presidential hopeful.

Christie’s office announced he vetoed eight bills that “would add potentially hundreds of millions of dollars to state and local budgets.” He also signed a $32.9 billion budget and three other bills, his office said in a statement.

Among the bills he vetoed was a Medicaid expansion under the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law known as Obamacare.

And making this very insensitive statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA:

He blasted the U.S. Supremes for substituting “their own judgment for the judgment of a Republican Congress and a Democratic President. In the Republican Congress in the ‘90s and Bill Clinton. I thought that Justice Kennedy’s opinion was, in many respects, incredibly insulting to those people, 340-some members of Congress who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, and Bill Clinton.”

“He basically said that the only reason to pass that bill was to demean people. That’s heck of a thing to say about Bill Clinton and about the Republican Congress back in the ‘90s. And it’s just another example of judicial supremacy, rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for,” said Christie, who recently appeared with Clinton at a Clinton Global Initiative conference.

Bottom line is:  Chris Christie may say what he thinks but that isn't necessarily a good thing for New Jersey.

For any of you who want to support the Barbara Buono/Milly Silva ticket (and I know you want to), here's the information you need:

Barbara Buono for Governor:





Originally posted to pipsorcle on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 03:54 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.


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