With the state of New Jersey sitting on the highest rate of unemployment in the region and facing a barrage of economic and social issues, State Sen. Barbara Buono (D-NJ), who is running for governor, said she is pushing for change in the middle and lower class Thursday on SiriusXM Progress.

“I know what its like to be on food stamps, to make that call to the welfare office,” she said, referring to a time in her early life when a basement fire made her effectively homeless. Buono, who went on to put herself through law school working odd jobs, came out with a strong initiative to help the people she said have been “crippled” by Gov. Chris Christie’s policies.

“I’m gonna be the Governor that stands up for them and has their backs,” she said. “We can’t take another four more years of this.”

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