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Murphy Ad Promises to Fight “Special Interests”

Ciattarelli called on Guadagno to reimburse the state for her travel.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 7, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

Former Am­bas­sad­or to Ger­many Phil Murphy’s (D) cam­paign an­nounced in a fun­drais­ing email that its is run­ning a “new TV ad … across the state” on Tues­day, pledging to “curb Wall Street’s in­flu­ence” and “end over­priced hedge­funds man­aging pub­lic pen­sions.”

Murphy: “The spe­cial-in­terest politi­cians who broke New Jer­sey can’t fix it. But to­geth­er, we can.” (re­lease)

Murphy ad­viser Ju­lie Ro­g­in­sky said Tues­day that it is “a tar­geted, sev­en-fig­ure statewide cable buy.” This is the fifth TV ad the cam­paign has aired since May. (Hot­line re­port­ing)

Murphy, “a former Gold­man Sachs ex­ec­ut­ive and Demo­crat­ic fun­draiser, is cam­paign­ing to be New Jer­sey’s next gov­ernor by ap­peal­ing to the party’s Left. Murphy … por­trays him­self as the pop­u­list an­swer to angst about cur­rent polit­ics in Trenton and Wash­ing­ton. … [T]he self-de­scribed ‘proud, lifelong, pro­gress­ive, blue-blue-blue Demo­crat’ … hopes to con­vince skep­tic­al voters, in­clud­ing those who backed Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) pres­id­en­tial run, that he has the ‘proof points’ to back up his pro­gress­ive can­did­acy.”

“’Listen, did I work on Wall Street? You bet,’ Murphy said. But, he em­phas­ized, grow­ing up he slept in his par­ents’ bed­room be­cause ‘we had so little money’ and he ‘worked il­leg­ally as a dish­wash­er’ as a teen­ager be­fore pay­ing his own way through col­lege.”

“Murphy con­ceded that his past places him just two de­grees of sep­ar­a­tion from the same White House that he lam­basts for fa­vor­ing the ‘very well-off … at the ex­pense of the work­ing men and wo­men.’ For in­stance, he worked with Treas­ury Sec­ret­ary Steve Mnuchin and Na­tion­al Eco­nom­ic Coun­cil Dir­ect­or Gary Cohn ‘to great­er or less­er ex­tent’ at Gold­man Sachs. But he op­poses them on Trump’s agenda, es­pe­cially when it comes to weak­en­ing con­sumer fin­an­cial pro­tec­tions.” (Na­tion­al Journ­al)

IT’S MY MONEY, AND I NEED IT NOW. As­sembly­man Jack Ci­at­tarelli (R) “moun­ted a new line of at­tack Monday, call­ing for” Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) “to re­im­burse tax­pay­ers for the cost of travel and se­cur­ity on the cam­paign trail,” tak­ing “a page out of Demo­crats’ play­book dur­ing the pres­id­en­tial cam­paign of” Gov. Chris Christie (R). (New York Ob­serv­er)

“Guadagno spokes­man Ricky Diaz in an email called the com­ments ‘des­per­ate,’’ but didn’t provide any de­tails about cam­paign costs in­curred by tax­pay­ers, or wheth­er the cam­paign will even­tu­ally pick up the tab.” (As­bury Park Press)

THE LOC­AL ANGLE. “Demo­crat­ic state law­makers, in New Jer­sey as well as New York, want to for­bid the Port Au­thor­ity of New York and New Jer­sey from us­ing its re­sources to help en­force” Pres­id­ent Trump’s “travel ban at its air­ports, which in­clude Ne­wark Liberty and At­lantic City. The New Jer­sey bill, A-4589/S-3006, is now one step from … Christie’s desk – and a likely veto.”

“Gubernat­ori­al cam­paign polit­ics were evid­ent in the de­bate around the bill.” As­sembly­man John Wis­niewski (D), the bill’s co-spon­sor and chair of the trans­port­a­tion com­mit­tee in the lower cham­ber, “is seek­ing the Demo­crat­ic nom­in­a­tion, and his cam­paign de­scribed the bill as part of his ‘res­ist­ance agenda.’”

“The sole per­son to testi­fy on the bill Monday was Nut­ley Com­mis­sion­er Steve Ro­gers, one of five Re­pub­lic­ans run­ning for gov­ernor. Ro­gers – a re­tired Navy in­tel­li­gence of­ficers and former mem­ber of the FBI Na­tion­al Joint Ter­ror­ism Task Force – said the pro­pos­al would hinder po­lice.”

Ro­gers: “I’m sure none of us, none of us here today, want New Jer­sey to be the place where someone star­ted their jour­ney in our coun­try to un­leash hell on our na­tion be­cause of this bill. … This bill’s go­ing to make Amer­ica less safe, and it could lead to blood be­ing spilled on our shores.” (NJ 101.5)

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