Buddy Valastro isn’t just known for his baking skills and TV antics. The man behind Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken and the star of reality series Cake Boss had also made headlines recently when an endorsement of the Governor Chris Christie by small business owners was announced right in front of Valastro’s bakery. And part of the announcement was that the governor has appointed Valastro to be the new chairman of the Small Business for Christie coalition.
This, however, is nothing new. The Cake Boss has been known to be very involved in politics, according to various articles on this website. He has teamed up with Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop in handing out toys to children in need in the city’s 17th Annual Holiday Toy Drive, he has helped in the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, he has inspired the ongoing effort to cut red tape in Red Bank, he was responsible for the cake in one of the fundraisers during Senator Joe Kyrillos 2012 US Senate campaign, and he even donated that gigantic cake for Christie’s inaugural gala.
If you notice, most of the lawmakers he’s worked with are actually Christie allies. His support for Christie has been so obvious, probably because the governor’s efforts have had such an impact on small business owners like himself. In a statement released in Christie’s campaign, Valastro said, “Governor Christie has kept his promise to remain committed to improving our state’s economic climate throughout the past three and a half years. By cutting taxes and red tape, getting our state budget under control without raising taxes, and fighting for real, effective tax relief, this governor has created an environment in New Jersey that gives small businesses a chance to thrive.”
People may be wondering why this endorsement is such a big deal. It’s because capitalist small business owners like Valastro can be quite influential, and Christie is happy to have them as allies. And so it was also announced that the Small Business for Christie coalition will also be having small business leaders for each county in the state. But Valastro’s influence is probably the most significant since he’s not just known in one county, but throughout the state of New Jersey.
This will probably be of much help to Christie since Democratic nominee Barbara Buono’s has been hammering Christie regarding several economic issues. And in the most recent poll, the governor’s 30-point lead over Buono has dropped to 20.