|Sen. Buono and Bill Batkay|
Among those to welcome her back to campus were Bill Batkay, retired Professor of Political Science, who Sen. Buono remembered as one of her professors.
Sen. Buono said, in response to Gov. Chris Christie's remarks that unions, not teachers, are the problem with public education, "Unions aren't the problem. Your misplaced priorities are the problem."
Sen. Buono pointed out that Gov. Christie cut $180 million out of the 2011 state budget for education, and even though he made restorations, the budget for higher education is still five percent below where it was when Gov. Christie took office.
Sen. Buono has a 92% labor record. She told the crowd, "I stand up for the teachers and the students. Education is the great equalizer. I am proud to stand with the AFT."