Christie ads emphasize his role in Sandy relief, Buono says true heroes are survivors

    The gubernatorial election in New Jersey is now less than a week away. Governor Christie’s latest campaign ad focuses on his response to Hurricane Sandy.

    In the 30-second spot that will air through Election Day, Christie speaks of meeting victims right after the storm. “People wanted me to tell them that it was going to be okay and that I wouldn’t forget them,” he says in the ad.

    Seton Hall political science professor Matthew Hale says the Sandy response ad is a good tactical move by the Christie campaign.

    “Voters will remember that they were really proud of their governor, and that goes across the ideological spectrum. They might not agree with his policies, but they certainly agree with the way he conducted himself and the leadership he showed after that,” said Hale.

    Democratic candidate Barbara Buono’s campaign says Christie is portraying himself as some sort of white knight, when the true heroes are the Sandy survivors who are committed to rebuilding the shore despite being overwhelmed by red tape.

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