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Amy Kennedy, as depicted in an ad from the National Republican Congressional Committee. (Photo: NRCC.)

New NRCC ad alleges Kennedy sides with ‘anti-cop extremists’

Roesch: ‘NRCC is trying to mislead voters in a desperate attempt to attack Amy’

By David Wildstein, October 06 2020 8:55 am

The National Republican Congressional Committee is up on the air with a new TV ad accusing Democrat Amy Kennedy of pursuing an extreme agenda that would defund police and raise taxes.

The 30-second ad, “Lot of Merit,” features a male narrator and images of Kennedy along with stock footage aimed at frightening voters away from her.

Kennedy, a former public school teacher, is challenging freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

Script: “Amy Kennedy sides with anti-cop extremists, saying there’s a lot of merit to defunding our police.  Kennedy even raised bail money for violent criminals and rapists.  Amy Kennedy also supports a radical, job-killing agenda.  Kennedy’s health care scheme could raise taxes $2,800 a year and slash money for hospitals.  Higher taxes, fewer jobs, less money for police. With Amy Kennedy, New Jersey pays more and gets less. The NRCC is responsible for the content of this advertising.”

“Amy Kennedy wants to raise taxes, kill jobs and defund the police. Her extreme agenda is the last thing South Jersey families can afford,” said Michael McAdams, a spokesman for the NRCC.

Kennedy’s campaign manager has dismissed the NRCC claims about his candidate in the past.

“The NRCC is trying to mislead voters in a desperate attempt to attack Amy, because they know that Amy is heading into the general election against Jeff Van Drew with momentum and overwhelming grassroots support,” Kennedy campaign manager Josh Roesch previously told the New Jersey Globe. “Amy has been clear in her support for necessary reforms to our criminal justice system as well as investments in programs, on top of traditional policing, that would help keep our communities safe.”

A poll released by Monmouth University on Monday shows Kennedy with a five-point lead over Van Drew, who was elected as a Democrat in 2018 and switched parties late last year.

This story was updated at 4:08 PM with comment from Roesch. 

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