Latest Fact-checks on Barbara Buono Barbara Buono stated on August 23, 2013 in a speech to students at the Rutgers New Brunswick campus: Tuition at Rutgers has increased 10 percent since Gov. Chris Christie took office because he "cut funding for higher education." Barbara Buono stated on July 9, 2013 in an online gubernatorial campaign ad: "Guess what, governor? There’s no fried butter in Newark. Just 13 percent unemployment." Barbara Buono stated on June 26, 2013 in a state Senate budget hearing: Says spending in the fiscal 2009 budget was lower than spending in the fiscal 2014 budget Barbara Buono stated on May 22, 2013 in a gubernatorial campaign television ad: "To hear Gov. Christie tell it, everything in New Jersey is going just fine. Well I see another New Jersey with 400,000 unemployed. One of the worst jobless rates in the country. Working and middle class families have seen costs soar, from property taxes to college tuition." Barbara Buono stated on March 19, 2013 in a response to the release of employment data by the state Labor Department: "While the United States has seen its unemployment rate steadily decline, New Jersey's remains nearly two percent higher than the national average and more than a point higher than Connecticut and New York." Barbara Buono stated on March 5, 2013 in an interview on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donell": "Governor Christie, his idea of jumpstarting the economy is to propose a trickle-down income tax cut last year and in his budget address this year, he stated his support for it again." Barbara Buono stated on January 28, 2013 in an interview on NJToday: "New Jersey has lost over half of our pharmaceutical jobs to states you know, not low-tax states like in the South, but high-tax states like New York." Barbara Buono stated on January 29, 2013 in an interview on Fox 5’s Good Day New York: Says the pension and health benefits reform "eliminated collective bargaining for health benefits." Barbara Buono stated on January 13, 2013 in an interview on bluejersey.com: Says Chris Christie’s plan "to kick-start our economy" is to propose an "income tax cut that disproportionately benefits the wealthy, and...he's still proposing it." Barbara Buono stated on December 11, 2012 in a video advertisement: "I have the experience as Senate Budget Chair of cutting $4.5 billion in spending -- to close the deficit while protecting education and health care." Barbara Buono stated on November 29, 2012 in a speech on the Senate floor: Says "the number of Americans living at or below the poverty line is at its highest level since" 1964. Barbara Buono stated on October 1, 2012 in an interview on NJToday: Says Chris Christie created "this new category where you could get laid off and just be totally denied unemployment benefits forever." Barbara Buono stated on August 27, 2012 in an op-ed in Politico: Says Gov. Chris Christie has embarked on a tour to "demand that New Jersey’s Democratic legislature approve an immediate tax cut that would disproportionately benefit the wealthiest." Barbara Buono stated on May 7, 2012 in an interview on The Dom Giordano Show: Says in March New Jersey was "one of only eight states in the nation to lose jobs" and "the state with the highest loss of jobs in the nation." Barbara Buono stated on April 30, 2012 in a news release: "Wisconsin lost more jobs over the past 12 months than any other state." Barbara Buono stated on January 25, 2012 in a column: Says "as of November, we were ranked 45th in the nation in terms of job creation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics."