New TV ads slam Chris Christie on his NJ record

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Voice-Over | 0 comments

Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie’s record as New Jersey governor is the subject of two new blistering attack ads from a super PAC supporting rival U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

Conservative Solution PAC on Monday tweeted links to the commercials and said that “Chris Christie is Obama’s favorite Republican.”

“Look at his record of high taxes, Common Core Obamacare expansion,” the group said.

One of the spots has the image of Christie and Obama embracing in 2012 – after Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey, and before the 2012 presidential election.

“One high tax, Common Core, liberal energy-loving, Obamacare Medicaid-expanding president is enough,” the voiceover says.

The other ad hits Christie for his administration’s role in the George Washington Bridge scandal, though Christie claims he wasn’t in the loop for the September 2013 lane closures.

“Christie’s close aides are under criminal indictment,” a narrator says as the headline “Christie Ally Pleads Guilty in Bridge Scandal, 2 Aides indicted” appears.

The narrator reads this tagline: “Chris Christie…high taxes…weak economy…scandal…Not what we need in the White House.”

National Review, citing unnamed sources with the Rubio PAC, reported the ads were to go up on the air and online Tuesday in New Hampshire, where Christie has focused his campaign.

Previously the organization told donors in an internal email that Rubio, Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, and Ben Carson are the only candidates with a chance of becoming the Republican nominee.

But Christie, who has moved up in New Hampshire polling, is now being targeted because he “has the ability to alter or to affect which of the other three is the nominee,” said Jeff Sadosky, a spokesman for the Rubio PAC.

Also, the ads can settle a score from last week, when Christie ripped Rubio for missing a Senate vote on the federal spending bill.

Christie said he isn’t bothered by Rubio’s ads.

“I just wonder what happened to the Marco who so indignantly looked at Jeb Bush (during a recent debate) and said, ‘I guess someone must have convinced you that going negative against me helps you.’ I guess that same person now must have convinced Marco that going negative against Chris Christie is what he needs to do,” Christie said in a Bloomberg television interview. “I stand by my record as governor of New Jersey – it’s a good one. We just had the greatest private sector job growth year New Jersey has had in 15 years. We have nearly cut unemployment in half. If Senator Rubio would just show up for work every once in awhile, he’s only got one job. He’s got to cast votes in the United States Senate. If he thinks that’s a worthless job, which he has basically said before, he should resign it. … I work every day for the people of New Jersey as governor, happy to have this conversation with Senator Rubio anytime.”

Bob Jordan 609-984-4343, bjordan@gannettnj.com

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