The Republican Governors Association launched a six-figure TV ad buy on Thursday slamming Gov. Phil Murphy for taking a vacation at his home in Italy.
The ad, “Leave Phil Murphy Behind,” will run on broadcast and cable stations in the New York and Philadelphia markets, as well as on digital platforms.
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Script: “New Jersey suffered through the COVID pandemic. Now Covid cases are skyrocketing again. But where’s Governor Phil Murphy? Instead of leading us through this new crisis, he jetted off to his luxury Italian villa for a vacation. Murphy leaves while businesses struggle, thousands are out of work, kids fall behind, ICUs fill up — and our death rate is the highest in the nation. This November, — treat Phil Murphy the same way he treats you – leave him behind.”
“Crises continue to arise, and just like Joe Biden, Phil Murphy is missing in action,” said Will Reinert, an RGA spokesman. “New Jersey families need leaders – not vacationers – as times get tough, and they can count on Jack Ciattarelli to turn the state around.”
Murphy is returning from his vacation later today.
This is the RGA’s first ad in the New Jersey gubernatorial race, where Murphy faces Republican Jack Ciattarelli, a former assemblyman.
In 2017, the RGA spent $2,355,445 helping Kim Guadagno’s gubernatorial bid against Murphy.
The Democratic Governors Association spent $2,449,330 boosting Murphy, with $1 million of that going to the Committee to Build the Economy, a super PAC formed to help Murphy win the governorship. They spent $6,549,875, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.