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A nurse asks, "Why did Jean Stanfield stick it to us," in a new TV ad paid for by Democratic State Sen. Dawn Addiego. (Image: NJ Globe).

New TV ad in key Senate race savages Stanfield on Covid benefits vote

By David Wildstein, September 29 2021 4:59 pm

Democrats are continuing their barrage of hard-hitting TV ads against Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield (R-Westampton), using the voices and images of seven people to make the case that the Republican State Senate candidate voted against the interests of residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

The seven – two supermarket workers, two nurses, a firefighter, a police officer, and a young man – rip Stanfield in the latest ad paid for by Democratic State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) and her running mates for voting against legislation to permit essential worker who contracted COVID-19 to qualify for wage replacements and health care treatment under the state’s Workers’ Compensation program.

Script: “(Nurse) When Covid hit, we kept working to help sick people. (Supermarket Worker) To get people food. (Firefighter) To put out the fires.  (Police Officer): To keep people safe. (Nurse): Why did Jean Stanfield stick it to us? (Man) Stanfield opposed making insurance companies pay our medical bills if we caught Covid.  (Supermarket Worker): Stanfield sided with insurance companies instead of essential workers.  (Firefighter) I guess Stanfield doesn’t think we’re essential.  (Police Officer) Jean Stanfield talks a good game… (Supermarket Worker) … but she doesn’t care about working people.  (Nurse) She just looks out for herself.”

The bill cited in the ad, S-2380, passed the Assembly, 42-27, and the Senate, 27-10.  Gov. Phil Murphy signed the law last September.

The ad is airing on Philadelphia broadcast television and South Jersey cable television.  The campaign has not said how much money they are putting behind the ad.

Stanfield, a former six-term sheriff who won an Assembly seat in 2019, is taking on Addiego, her former running mate, in the politically competitive 8th legislative districts.   Addiego had been a Republican freeholder and legislator until switching parties in early 2019.

Two Democratic assemblymen in closely-watched races to flip GOP State Senate seats – Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) in the 2nd and Andrew Zwicker (D-South Brunswick) in the 16th – abstained on the bill.



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