Barbara Buono, candidate for New Jersey governor, lays out policies to benefit women

Published: 3:04 PM EDT Aug 27, 2013
Barbara Buono

The Democrat running for governor in New Jersey is trying to appeal to more women voters.

Sen. Barbara Buono announced policies to benefit women on Tuesday, before hosting a town hall on women's issues in Essex County.

Gov. Chris Christie's opponent said she would fully fund the women's health care and family planning services the governor cut.

She advocates raising the minimum wage, which will go before voters in November.

Buono is the first woman majority leader in the state Senate and the first woman to chair the powerful Senate budget committee, but she has struggled to raise money or gain traction for her candidacy against Christie.

Public opinion polls show Buono trailing by 20 points, where she lags even among likely women voters.