NJ teachers union endorses Buono for governor
Last updated: Sunday March 17, 2013, 9:10 AM
BY BARBARA WILLIAMS
The state’s largest teachers union endorsed Democrat Barbara Buono for governor after a 15-member screening committee met with her and Governor Christie this weekend, the New Jersey Education Association announced Saturday.
Buono, a state senator first elected in 2001 and the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor in 2013, was selected unanimously by the union’s 135-member operating committee.
The 195,000-member union has been engaged in headline-making battles with Christie over his attempts to reform tenure and rein salaries and school budgets.
“Unfortunately, over the past three years, teachers and school employees have seen their budgets slashed, their colleagues laid off, their class sizes increased, and their programs cut. It’s time for new leadership,” said Barbara Keshishian, president of the NJEA. “Barbara Buono has supported public education for her entire career in the legislature.”