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Yossi Gestetner

Barbra Buono

Buzzfeed reports: While the political class makes guesses about Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s potential run for governor — or Senate — progressive state Senator Barbara Buono announced her candidacy for the 2013 race in a YouTube video Tuesday morning.

Buono has long been an expected challenger to incumbent Governor Chris Christie. She attended to the annual meeting of the Democratic Governors Association in California last week, shortly after a job posting appeared online from one of her staffers — “A progressive Democratic gubernatorial candidate is seeking an experienced campaign manager for an aggressive campaign plan,” read the posting.

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“Today I want you to be the first to know that I’m running for governor,” Buono says in the video. “I filed my papers, and I’ll make a formal announcement early next year. I’m not gonna run a conventional campaign, and I won’t be anointed by the political bosses.”

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