Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Buono's Returns Show $538,000 Total Income

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Buono's Returns Show $538,000 Total Income

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State Sen. Barbara Buono and her husband reported income totaling $538,000 last year, according to tax documents her campaign released Tuesday.

That's $59,000 more than Governor Christie and his wife reported. But Christie, a Republican running for a second term, released all 231 pages of his 2012 tax returns on Friday. Buono, a Democrat from Middlesex County, made public only the first two pages of her tax filings -- details about where her household's money came from were not disclosed.

Also on Tuesday -- one week before voters pick New Jersey's governor -- a new poll found Christie leading Buono by 33 percentage points.

Christie spent the day marking the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy in visits to Moonachie and the Jersey Shore, and repeated his longtime message that recovery from the storm is his "mission," not just his job.

Christie emphasized that he was visiting storm-ravaged communities to let the victims know that they have not been forgotten. He did not directly mention his bid for reelection.

"You need to know that as long as I have the honor and the privilege that you all have given me being governor, as long as that is your preference, then it is going to be my mission to get this state and each person who was impacted by what happened to us a year ago today to a better and stronger place than they were on Oct. 28, 2012," he said during a visit to Sayreville.

Buono, meanwhile, toured Nutley High School, her alma mater, and criticized the governor's record on public education. There she accused Christie of cutting money from public schools.

"It's so important to underscore how wrong this governor has been," she said. "Nutley has been underfunded. We know the students do not have the resources that they did."

She also said Christie has failed to help poor children keep up with wealthier students. The key to closing that gap, Buono said, is universal preschool for New Jersey children, although she admitted the state will not have the money for such a program until the economy improves.

Asked to respond, a spokesman for the Christie campaign questioned Buono's commitment to public schools.

"Senator Buono has been one of the most vocal and strident opponents to bipartisan reforms supported by Governor Christie, President Obama and reformers in both parties here in New Jersey to improve public schools in our state," said the spokesman, Kevin Roberts. …

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