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Patriot Majority USA Sends Mail Ads in GOP Primary

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Jack Fitzpatrick
May 27, 2014, 7:31 a.m.

Pat­ri­ot Ma­jor­ity USA has sent out mail ads cri­ti­ciz­ing former Ran­dolph May­or Tom Ma­cAr­thur (R) as “just an­oth­er tax-rais­ing, big-spend­ing politi­cian” and former Bogota May­or Steve Loneg­an (R) for be­ing “just too ex­treme for New Jer­sey.” The Demo­crat­ic group has spent $110,000 on mail, Web, and TV ads in the Re­pub­lic­an primary so far. Ma­cAr­thur spokes­man Chris Rus­sell said the ads were meant to help Loneg­an be­cause he is a weak­er can­did­ate. “I think Re­pub­lic­an primary voters are go­ing to see through it,” he said. “We know and they know that if Tom wins the primary he’s go­ing to be very dif­fi­cult to beat in Novem­ber, and they know if (Demo­crats) get Loneg­an, they get the can­did­ate they want.” (Ne­wark Star-Ledger)

LOC­ALS CALL PRIMARY ONE OF NAS­TI­EST IN STATE’S HIS­TORY. The race between Ma­cAr­thur and Loneg­an is one of the most bit­ter in re­cent memory, ac­cord­ing to loc­als. “It will rank up there with the nas­ti­est cam­paigns the state has seen,” said Mon­mouth Uni­versity poll­ster Patrick Mur­ray. “I can’t say I’ve seen one this high-pro­file that has got­ten this nasty this quickly.” Mur­ray said Loneg­an needs to ex­pand his base in or­der to come from be­hind and win, but his mostly neg­at­ive tac­tics could de­press turnout and keep voters from sup­port­ing him. (As­bury Park Press)

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