Former Treasury official Jim Johnson (D) launched his first TV ad during this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. The minute-long biographical spot rails against “insiders” and highlights his resume as a prosecutor and campaign finance reform advocate.
Johnson in the ad: “Folks in Trenton spend a lot of time on issues that take care of insiders, not issues that take care of all of us. I’m operating against a set of machinery that’s been in place for a very very long time. We should change that so that the government is much more responsive to the people.”
The ad is running backed by a “seven-figure cable and digital buy.” (release)
RELEVANCE IS RELATIVE. Gov. Chris Christie (R) “says that he will not endorse any candidate to succeed him as New Jersey’s governor, including Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R), until all the candidates have filed their intent to run. The filing deadline to run for governor is in April. Christie says that it is not clear how much he will campaign with the nominee.”
“The governor says that he has met with three of the candidates and that it is a difficult decision to decide who to endorse. Christie has worked with several of them.” (News 12)
NO WITCHCRAFT NECESSARY. The Salem County Republican Party on Saturday voted to endorse Guadagno. (release)
“The Sussex County Democratic Committee voted to endorse” former Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy (D). (NJ Advance Media)