Democratic congressional candidate Amy Kennedy has tied the release of a new TV ad to President Donald Trump’s appearance in the 2nd district to support Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew.
The 30s-second ad, called “Who I Am,” will run on South Jersey cable television stations. The campaign did not disclose how much money they are putting behind the ad, although the New Jersey Globe has learned that the Kennedy campaign bought one ad on MSNBC this morning for $360.
The ad included footage of Van Drew’s party-switching event in the Oval Office last month.
“I’m proud to release my second ad of our campaign the morning of Donald Trump coming to my district to pay back Jeff Van Drew for switching parties,” said Kennedy, a former pubic school teacher. “Part of the reason I’m running for Congress is because in one press conference Jeff Van Drew became a shameless apologist for Donald Trump. And he abandoned the voters he was elected to serve by pledging his undying support to a politician instead of to the people.
The ad also ran on “Fox and Friends” in Washington, D.C.
A mobile billboard will also travel near Trump’s rally for Van Drew today, featuring an image of Trump and Van Drew and labeled, “Jeff Van Trump.”
Kennedy has roots in Atlantic County, where her father was a freeholder and a councilman in two municipalities. He husband is former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island), the son of Sen. Edward Kennedy and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy.