Buono’s Challengers Not Invited to Monmouth Democratic Convention
It’s unimaginable that the Democratic Party would nominate Carl Bergmanson or Willie Araujo over Barbara Buono for Governor. However, Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal is apparently worried.
Fresh on the heels of Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long’s defection from the Buono Brigade with her endorsement of Chris Christie, Gopal sent out a plea for volunteers to collect signatures for the presumptive nominee:
It only takes 1000 signatures to get on the primary ballot.
Bergmanson, the former Glen Ridge Mayor, ran in the 2009 Democratic primary against Jon Corzine. He’s running again this year and told MMM that he has already collected a few hundred signatures. He said that he had no problem qualifying for the ballot four years ago and that he’ll have no problem this year.
When asked if Gopal has invited him to this weekend’s Monmouth Democratic Convention, Bergmanson said, “No. Of course not. Bylaws/shmylaws…”
Arajuo said he’s been campaigning since July and that he already has more than 1000 signatures required to get on the primary ballot. He said he’ll be filing his petitions in the next week or two. Like Bergmanson, Arajuo hasn’t been invited to the Monmouth Democratic nominating convention. “I’ve called Vin Gopal several times, but he hasn’t gotten back to me.”Posted: February 22nd, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: 2013 Election, 2013 Gubernatorial Politics, Barbara Buono, Monmouth Democrats, Vin Gopal | Tags: ballot petitions, Barbara Buono, Carl Bergmanson, Dina Long, Vin Gopal, Willie Araujo | 2 Comments »