Amid party establishment chatter, Buono says she is committed to gubernatorial run

Whatever backroom worries torment a fractured Democratic Party, the lone gubernatorial candidate among Democrats, state Sen. Barbara Buono, (D-18), says she has no intention of budging from her mission to be the party nominee for governor.

The candidate swatted aside a rumor circulating from the lips of one source that she’s angling for lieutenant governor and waiting for some other Democrat to stand astride the field.

“I’m running for governor, period,” Buono told PolitickerNJ.com.

Former Governor Dick Codey hasn’t yet ruled out a run.

But some Democratic sources say polling shows he hardly represents a significant heavyweight upgrade.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University poll this week showed Republican incumbent Gov. Chris Christie laying an equal butt kicking on any of his challengers: Codey (59 to 26%, respectively), Buono (64 to 21%), and Senate President Steve Sweeney (65 to 19%).

"This meeting is entirely off the record. Until somebody leaks it."
—Michael Kempner, addressing a roomful of Democratic powerbrokers organizng for Hillary Clinton