Bob Hugin has staked out socially-liberal views on issues like abortion, equal pay and marriage equality, using those positions to lend credence to his claim of being a different type of Republican — an independent one.
Democrats aren’t buying it, especially given the support the candidate’s received from a super PAC with close ties to former Gov. Chris Christie. Those ads, they say, prove that Hugin is aligned with Christie and President Donald Trump, whom both Hugin and the former governor supported.
“Well if he’s not condemning his ads, he is like Trump,” said former Gov. Richard Codey, who is now a state senator. “Sorry, you can’t have it both ways.”
Integrity NJ, which is run by Pete Sheridan and Phil Cox, both of whom are closely aligned with the governor, having worked for him in different roles in the past, has put million behind ad buys hitting Menendez over his ethics issues.
Those ads follow a similar line to many ads that Hugin has put on the air himself.
The disconnect for Democrats here is that Christie opposed many of the social policies Hugin says he supports.
“You can’t get Christie to help you with a super PAC and give you money and then walk away from the fact that Christie hurt women in the state by consistently cutting money from Planned Parenthood,” Menendez said.
Christie’s political action committee, Leadership Matters for America PAC, contributed $5,000 to Hugin this week.
“Bob Hugin can pretend all he wants to be ‘independent’, but with friends like Chris Christie and Donald Trump, it’s clear he will never have New Jersey’s back,” Menendez spokesman Steve Sandberg said today. “This trading of campaign cash just further cements the longstanding Hugin-Christie bond.”