New Jersey Democratic Gubernatorial candidate for Governor and Current State Senator Barbara Buono is expected to be endorsed by members of the Newark City Council on March 19, 2013, and will embark on a “Listening Tour” along Wilson Avenue and Ferry Street in Newark, with Mayor Corey Booker. Meanwhile Buono attacked incumbent Governor Chris Christie over the Garden States unemployment numbers.
Councilwoman At-Large Mildred Crump, West Ward Councilman Ron Rice, South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka, and Central Ward Councilman Darrin Sharif will endorse Senator Buono and declare her the best candidate to put New Jersey back on track. The endorsement will take place at the Nevada Court Senior Housing Building at 1:30 p.m. Booker has already endorsed Buono last month.
The listening tour will begin at the law office of Perez, Perez & Perez stopping at multiple businesses along Wilson Ave. and Ferry Street. There will be a short press conference immediately following the final stop at Andros Diner.
On March 18, 2013, Buono issued a press release on the report released from New Jersey's Department of Labor and Workforce Development (LWD) which shows that New Jersey's unemployment remains the fourth highest in the country.
"Today's jobs report underscores the fact that New Jersey is in the midst of its worst unemployment crisis in the last three decades. Even worse, those that do have work are seeing their wages decline. For three and half years, Governor Christie has had the opportunity to create a jobs program to stimulate growth. While the United States has seen its unemployment rate steadily decline, New Jersey's remains nearly two percent higher than the national average and more than a point higher than Connecticut and New York. The more than 440,000 people still struggling to find employment need real action, not choreographed town halls and late night show appearances.
The LWD press release puts a different spin on the results stating “for the most recent month, January 2013, nonfarm wage and salary preliminary estimates show that total employment increased by 2,600 jobs to reach a seasonally adjusted level of 3,934,800. That increase represents a growth of 3,000 private sector jobs and a drop in public employment by 400 jobs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported the state’s preliminary unemployment rate for January to be at 9.5 percent. The BLS benchmarking had revised the December 2012 unemployment rate from a preliminary 9.6 percent to 9.5 percent.”