New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign is spending $1.2 million on its first television ad.
The 60-second ad says New Jersey was broken with high taxes and spending when Christie took office. It touts his bipartisan efforts to get the state back on track.
Montclair State University political science professor Brigid Harrison expects Christie will have more money for ads than state Sen. Barbara Buono, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
“She’s limited into how much she can raise and spend. So therefore … if she’s going to even come close to matching him, she’s going to have to rely on outside interest groups,” Harrison said.
Buono doesn’t have a TV commercial yet, but the left-leaning group One New Jersey has run ads targeting Christie.
The intervention of outside groups will be the key for her campaign, agreed Rider University political science professor Ben Dworkin.
“If they’re putting in $5 million, $10 million, then it’s going to make a real difference,” he said. “If they’re just talking about online ads and a couple hundred thousand, it’s not going to be enough to help her.”
Buono’s campaign responded to Chrisitie’s ad with an email to supporters asking for contributions.