Sources: Pascrell, key northern Dem chairs backing Buono for governor

U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Bergen County Democratic  Committee Chairman Lou Stellato, Hudson County Democratic Organization Chairman Mark Smith, and Passaic County Democratic Committee Chairman John Currie will back state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-18) for governor this morning in a statement, sources say.

The organizational support puts Buono in a strong position to land the nomination to run against Gov. Chris Christie in the general election.

She is the only elected official among Democrats to declare her candidacy for governor.

On Saturday she plans a rally to formally launch her campaign.

"He’s obviously working very, very hard at it. I mean he’s traveling all over the country as chairman of the [Republican Governors Association] and I think at this point he has as good a chance or better than anybody else. His name is household word all across the country, and I think he would make a great president."
—former U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton (R-3), on Gov. Chris Christie