NJ Governor Candidate Cited for Not Using Seatbelt: Officials

Police in Franklin Township announced the summons for the state senator on Tuesday, a day after a car she was riding in was involved in a minor crash.

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013  |  Updated 9:38 AM EDT
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Governor Candidate Cited for Not Using Seatbelt: Officials

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Likely New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono has been cited for not using her seatbelt while riding in the backseat of a car.

Police in Franklin Township announced the summons for the state senator on Tuesday, a day after a car she was riding in was involved in a minor crash.

The staff member who was driving Buono was cited for careless driving.

Buono was treated for a cut on her forehead, but no serious injuries were reported in the crash.

A 2010 New Jersey law requires all passengers to be buckled up, no matter where they're sitting. Unbuckled backseat passengers are issued summonses only as a secondary offense along with other violations.
 
The 59-year-old legislator was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick but was released quickly and was back at work Tuesday morning.
 
“Senator Buono is extremely grateful that no one was seriously injured in the accident, and thanks everyone who has called, emailed, or messaged their thoughts and good wishes,” her campaign office said in a statement.
 
Buono is not expected to face any prominent challengers in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. If she wins, she'll face Republican Gov. Chris Christie in the November general election.
 

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