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Chris Christie’s opponent not doing so well

posted at 1:09 pm on May 6, 2013 by

Democrat Barbara Buono is on the precipice of making state history.  Where will she display the futility trophy?

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono’s campaign war chest is so skimpy she may not generate enough contributions to secure all of her public matching funds for the primary or general election. State election finance records show that if the senator from Middlesex County wants to get the maximum public matching funds before the June 4 primary, she would need to raise about $250,000 a week, or about eight times her current $30,000-a-week clip…Buono is on pace to become the first major party nominee in state history who fails to raise enough money in the primary to qualify for maximum public financing. She’s raised $738,000 thus far, earning an extra $1.02 million in public matching funds. She must bring in $1.9 million to qualify for the maximum $3.5 million in public financing for the primary. And she’ll need another $4.2 million to qualify for the maximum $8.2 million match for the general election.

In light over her fundraising crisis, Buono’s cronies in the state legislature have mobilized to try to salvage things:

Nothing demonstrates Buono’s dilemma more than a closed-door meeting in a Statehouse basement last week. Assembly Democrats were hashing out which of the dozens of bills would be put up for vote when two of the top surrogates for Buono asked the legislative staff to clear the room. The surrogates, Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) and Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D-Union), wanted no extra ears to hear their sensitive request: squash a popular bill that could further deepen Buono’s money woes as she challenges the popular Gov. Chris Christie, according to two sources who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to speak publicly about internal discussions. The bill would force certain political advocacy groups to disclose their donors. These nonprofit groups have emerged as major mouthpieces for Christie — and recently his opposition forces — by filling the airwaves with expensive commercials without having to tell the public who’s picking up the tab. As a state senator, Buono publicly supports the measure and once sponsored an identical bill. But that bill would cut off one avenue contributors have to help her without having their names being made public and possibly facing Christie’s wrath. One such group just spent more than $1 million for ads attacking the governor. The bill never made it to the Assembly floor.

Remember, though, Buono “supports” the bill that she made sure never saw the light of day.  Democrats are all about disclosure — except when  it complicates their electoral fortunes, or afflicts their buddies.  Meanwhile, Christie is still enjoying eye-popping job approval ratings (as he has for some time) and has just announced a fundraising mega-haul:

The Christie campaign is out today announcing $6.166 million in total net contributions since the New Jersey governor declared for reelection. That figure  comprises contributions from over 14,000 individuals, or roughly six times as many individual contributors as gave to the campaign during the 2009 primary season. Eighty-five percent of Christie donors are New Jersey residents, and 75 percent of them are small donors, giving $100 or less.

But hey, at least Buono’s got her head on straight regarding at least one important topic.

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beatcanvas on May 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM

How can we help?

beatcanvas on May 6, 2013 at 1:25 PM

LOL! Leave him there. Maybe he’ll decide not to jump in 2016 and save us the trouble.

kim roy on May 6, 2013 at 1:37 PM

So, beatcanvas, you’d rather have McGreevey/Corzine/Buono/NJEA running the show in NJ than an imperfect center-right gov? No thanks. By the way, since CC appears to be coasting, I’d recommend helping Ken Cuccinelli in VA. Big race & he needs $/volunteers.

Guy Benson on May 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

He makes it tough sometimes but as a NJ resident I still like Christie in general. Infinitely more than the NJ Democrats.

Dash on May 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

I wish we’d spend more energy supporting Republicans we are enthusiastic about rather than tearing down Republicans we’re not. I share other conservatives’ criticisms of Christie, but the constant disparagement of him is getting old and reflects worse on us than it does on Christie.

MinnesotaSlinger on May 6, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I’m confused….who is the Republican again?

Oil Can on May 6, 2013 at 2:39 PM

So, beatcanvas, you’d rather have McGreevey/Corzine/Buono/NJEA running the show in NJ than an imperfect center-right gov? No thanks. By the way, since CC appears to be coasting, I’d recommend helping Ken Cuccinelli in VA. Big race & he needs $/volunteers.

Guy Benson on May 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

My snarky comment aside, no, of course I don’t want a Democrat there. But what I really don’t want is to have Christie win in a landslide, setting him up for the nomination in 2016. That would be a disaster for the country and for Republicans. You think conservatives sat out the 2012 election? Watch what happens in a Christie nomination…

beatcanvas on May 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

You think conservatives sat out the 2012 election? Watch what happens in a Christie nomination…

They’ll help elect Hillary? That would be productive.

Dash on May 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM

They’ll help elect Hillary? That would be productive.

Dash on May 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Tell me… for what constitutional position does Christie passionately fight?

2nd Amendment? Nope.
American sovereignty? Nope.
Does he stand against pork? Nope.

All Christie does is stand against unions.

As Byron York recently showed us, Romney lost because the base stayed home. They weren’t enthused about a Romney win.

You can kick the base all you want, but that’s exactly what Obama didn’t do. He didn’t kick his base at all. He won. Christie jabs at those who believe in the constitution. Good luck with that turnout, champ.

It doesn’t matter if someone from the other side puts on a Republican jersey. That doesn’t make them one of us and it doesn’t mean I want them quarterbacking the team.

beatcanvas on May 6, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Romney lost because the base stayed home.

How’s that working out for them.

I wasn’t enthused about a Romney win either but better than an Obama win.

Dash on May 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Dash on May 6, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Me, too.

NJ Red on May 6, 2013 at 3:32 PM

How’s that working out for them.

I wasn’t enthused about a Romney win either but better than an Obama win.

Dash on May 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Good gravy, Dash…

Did you know that Romney was previously for limiting gun rights? So imagine the pressure President Romney would be putting on congressional Republicans to support his embrace of universal backgrounds checks and his embrace of Rubio’s Gang of Eight immigration bill.

But as it is, Republicans have no pressure from their Republican president to pass these turds.

Tell me you don’t believe that Romney would have supported those efforts…

So I’d say that so far, we’re doing alright, since Obama can’t pass anything, and we ought to work real hard to ensure that our next nominee isn’t someone like Christie.

beatcanvas on May 6, 2013 at 3:42 PM

NJ is a blue state. They’ll always exist, and whether or not they’re protected from themselves is none of my concern. I could give a s#%^ what kind of governor they elect.

I supported Mike Castle, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. I’m not RINO-hunter. But Christie isn’t just a RINO, he’s a traitor who decided a week prior to an election was just absolutely the time to give O a tongue-bath. I will never forgive him for that.

pauljc on May 6, 2013 at 7:27 PM

May Gov. Christie continue as governor of the great state of New Jersey for the next 16 years. I wish him well as governor, and wish the citizens of New Jersey well – with the type of Republican governor they can elect. I don’t want Gov. Christie on the national ticket in any way shape or form. May he stay happy as governor of NJ for years and years to come.

talking_mouse on May 6, 2013 at 7:39 PM

So, beatcanvas, you’d rather have McGreevey/Corzine/Buono/NJEA running the show in NJ than an imperfect center-right gov? No thanks. By the way, since CC appears to be coasting, I’d recommend helping Ken Cuccinelli in VA. Big race & he needs $/volunteers.

Guy Benson on May 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I could not possibly care less who is “running the show” in NJ. I do, however, care if the RNC tries to foist Christie upon us in 2016.

besser tot als rot on May 6, 2013 at 11:27 PM

I wasn’t enthused about a Romney win either but better than an Obama win.

Dash on May 6, 2013 at 3:26 PM

I’m curious. What do you think would be different? I will grant you that foreign policy would probably be much improved. But what would he have done better on domestic policy?

besser tot als rot on May 6, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Christie can’t run for higher office.

He can barely waddle to Joisey.

profitsbeard on May 7, 2013 at 1:33 AM

Christie can’t run for higher office.

He can barely waddle to Joisey.

profitsbeard on May 7, 2013 at 1:33 AM

ABC news radio just announced Christie had lap band surgery on Presidents’ Day weekend (huh)… Getting ready to run.

Fallon on May 7, 2013 at 8:03 AM