Latest Half-True 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 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 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 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."