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Christie-allied super PAC still has $21k

Integrity NJ spent $7.5 million to oust Menendez

By David Wildstein, April 15 2019 9:12 am

Integrity NJ, a super PAC with close ties to former Gov. Chris Christie, has $21,250 left over after spending nearly $7.5 million on mostly negative TV ads attacking U.S. Senator Bob Menendez.

The super PAC reported no revenues during the first three months of 2019, and spent just $750 – on legal fees to a law firm headed by Michael G. Adams.

Adams also serves as counsel to the Great America Committee, Vice President Mike Pence’s leadership PAC.  Adams also spent eleven years as counsel to the Republican Governor’s Association, including the time former Gov. Chris Christie served as chairman.

One of Integrity NJ’s big donors was the American Economic Freedom Alliance (AEFA), a shadowy non-profit group with close ties to Vice President Mike Pence that sent $500,000 to the New Jersey-based super PAC seeking to oust Menendez.

From 2006 to 2007, Adams served as counsel to Deputy US. Attorney General Paul McNulty.  McNulty resigned in 2007 following his involvement in a controversy over the dismissal of seven U.S. Attorneys.  Christie was U.S. Attorney while Adams was there.

The super PAC was headed by Phil Cox and Peter Sheridan, both former Christie staffers.

Cox, the group’s chairman and senior advisor, was executive director of the Republican Governors Association when Christie was chairman of the group. He also headed America Leads, a super PAC founded to back Christie’s 2016 presidential run.

Sheridan, formerly the executive director of the New Jersey GOP, worked on both of Christie’s gubernatorial campaigns and served on Christie’s transition out of the governorship. Sheridan is the PAC’s executive director.

Some of the super PAC donors had ties to Bob Hugin, the 2018 GOP U.S. Senate candidate.

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