Sen. Bob Menendez released a new ad on Wednesday attempting to link his opponent, former Celgene CEO Bob Hugin, to President Donald Trump.
“Bob Hugin was Trump’s top New Jersey fundraiser,” the ad’s narrator says. “Hugin stood by Trump’s tax breaks for the super-rich, while stripping our property tax deduction. Hugin stood by Trump’s Supreme Court picks. Hugin stood by Trump when he tried killing Obamacare, attacked women and made racist comments. Bob Hugin will never stand up to Trump. To stop Trump, stop Hugin.”
Hugin served as Trump’s New Jersey Finance chair and as a delegate for the then-candidate during the 2016 election.
The Republican has attempted to distance himself from Trump this cycle — likely a smart move considering the president’s faltering favorability numbers in New Jersey.
A Rutgers-Eagleton poll released last week found the president’s favorability was underwater by 19 points, 37%-56%. His approval rating, while slightly better at 41%-56%, was still nothing to write home about.