Dozens of Essex County Democrats packed into Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Barbara Buono’s Bloomfield headquarters on Wednesday night to celebrate the location’s opening.
Local, county and state Democratic officials joined Buono and her running mate Milly Silva in the christening of the local campaign headquarters. State Assemblyman and Nutley resident Ralph Caputo and Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker addressed the crowd, which included Belleville Councilwoman Marie Strumolo Burke.
Buono and her supporters said her campaign was gaining momentum, noting the recent news reports saying she had closed the gap by ten points in late summer. Buono and her supporters said her campaign has seen grassroots-level success in contrast to Christie, who they characterized as ignoring struggling state residents in favor of celebrities and wealthy elites.
“Why go out to visit homeless people when you can rub elbows with the Cake Boss,” Buono said.
Local officials at the event said they were enthusiastic in their support of Buono.
“I would say the crowd here is exuberant and excited,” Councilman Joanow said, adding that he believed Buono would be a good representative of the middle class in New Jersey.