By ANGELA DELLI SANTI | AP
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey Democrats appear to be uniting behind the only major candidate willing to challenge Gov. Chris Christie in November.
Sen. Barbara Buono picked up support Monday from key northern counties in her race for governor, as Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced his decision not to run.
Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. and the Democratic Party chairmen in Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties endorsed Buono as the party's nominee.
Rep. Frank Pallone of Middlesex County also endorsed Buono at a noon event in Trenton.
Pascrell earlier took himself out of the race. Sweeney of Gloucester County announced that he would focus on keeping the Legislature under Democratic control.
Democrats worry that Christie, a popular Republican, could have coattails in November that could result in some down-ballot upsets.
June 19 is National Dine Out Day. Restaurants and vendors across the country are contributing a percentage of their revenues for the day to the NJ Relief Fund to benefit Superstorm Sandy victims.
One bird may have been responsible for several hundred Hoboken residents losing power.
One bird may have been responsible for several hundred Hoboken residents losing power. A spokeswoman for Public Service Electric & Gas says the bird touched a transformer on Clinton Street near Columbus Park Wednesday morning.