In a week where political news is dominated by Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz and his crudité purchases, two candidates for Congress in New Jersey’s 7th district are trading barbs over the use of local products is important.
A new TV ad released on Wednesday by Republican Tom Kean, Jr. bewailing the price of milk and bread uses stock footage of milk and bread that is not sold in New Jersey.
The milk featured in the Kean ad comes from Crystal Creamery, a California dairy farm whose products are sold no further east that Yuma, Arizona. The Kean ad uses Artesino bread that is not available for sale in New Jersey, according to the Sara Lee website.
“If you want to pretend you shop local, consider using milk and bread brands actually sold in New Jersey, instead of stock photos from California,” Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-Ringoes) said in a tweet aimed at Kean. “Also, remind us why your party just voted against lowering drug, energy, & food costs?”
But Kean, the former minority leader of the New Jersey State Senate, went back at Malinowski.
“Better to have stock photos than unethical stock trades,” Kean responded in his own tweet. “Remind us, how many times did you milk the taxpayers by voting for Pelosi’s trillion dollar spending bills with no SALT fix? And while you’re at it, how much bread did you make violating House ethics rules?”
Malinowski and Kean are engaged in a bitter rematch of their 2020 campaign, which finished with Malinowski winning a second term by just one percentage point. The 7th is home to multiple dairy farms.