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Addiego up on Philly TV in bid to hold Senate seat

Negative ad slams Stanfield for taking pension and legislative salary

By David Wildstein, August 02 2021 8:00 am

A new TV ad attacking Republican State Senate candidate Jean Stanfield is up on Philadelphia network television, offering an early boost to help party-switching State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) hold on to her South Jersey seat.

The ad, which doesn’t mention Addiego’s name, Stanfield for receiving a part-time salary as an assemblywoman while drawing her pension as a former Burlington County Sheriff.

“Double Dipping” features a male narrator contrasting Stanfield’s vote against a bill that sets minimum wage requirement for some long-term care facility staff with her combined pension and legislative salary.

Script: “Who do you think deserves a pay raise? Nurses? Or politicians? Jean Stanfield took a pay raise for herself of nearly $40,000.  Now Stanfield is double-dipping with your money – taking a pension in Burlington County and a salary in Trenton. But Stanfield opposed raising the pay of nurses, even while they protected us from Covid.  Jean Stanfield doesn’t care about working people.  She just looks out for herself.”

The ad does not mention other South Jersey Democratic senators who pull in a pension and one or more government salaries.  The Addiego campaign, which is paying for the ad, has not disclosed how much they are spending on the ad

State Sen. Fred Madden (D-Washington Township) collects a pension as a retired state trooper.  In addition to serving in the Senate, Madden collects a full-time salary as Dean of the Gloucester County Police Academy at Rowan College South Jersey.

Another state senator, James Beach (D-Voorhees) supplements his part-time legislative salary with a pension from his prior service as a Camden County freeholder and county clerk.

State Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Barrington) earns $109,980 annually as the director of  Camden County director of constituents services, plus an additional $49,000 as a legislator.

“This is exactly why people despise politicians like Dawn Addiego.  She has nothing good to say about her record so she’s already resorted to smearing Jean Stanfield,” said Dan Scharfenberger, the executive director of the Senate Republican Majority Campaign Committee.  “It’s the worst kind of Trenton politics, but tells voters everything they need to know about shady Dawn Addiego.”

Addiego was elected to the Senate in a 2010 special election as a Republican and won full terms in 2011, 2013 and 2017 – her last race by a 52%-48% margin.  She switched parties in January 2019 and is now on the ballot for the first time as a Democrat.

While Addiego and two Republican Assembly candidates won the 8th legislative district, Democrat Phil Murphy carried the same municipalities by a 51%-49% margin in the gubernatorial race against then-Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

Stanfield captured an Assembly seat in 2019, ousting incumbent Joe Howarth (R-Evesham) in the GOP primary.  With Stanfield running for Senate and Assemblyman Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) stepping down after two terms, the 8th has two open seats in the lower house.

Joe Biden carried the 8th by a 53%-46% margin against Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

The 8th has 9,2020 more Democrats than Republicans, more than double the spread when the district was originally drawn in 2011.

“Jean Stanfield spent her career in law enforcement helping to keep people safe, while Dawn Addiego has been sponging off taxpayers and taking free gifts and perks from special interests and lobbyists. The Democrats tried this same dishonest attack two years ago and it failed, and it will fail again,” said Kasey Deardan,  Stanfield’s campaign manager. “The Camden political machine knows that Dawn’s campaign is on life support and their decision to buy broadcast TVon August 2nd is proof.”

This story was updated at 9:48 AM with comment from Scharfenberger and at 2:56 PM from Deardan. 

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