Stronger Foundations, a non-profit 527 group with ties to the Operating Engineers Local 825, has spent $310,144 to boost the re-election of Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield) in the 21st district, according to reports filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
One of the digital video ads ties Democrats Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman to Gov. Phil Murphy.
The ad included audio of Murphy saying, “If you’re a one-issue voter and tax rate is your issue, either a family or a business, if that’s the only basis on which you’re going to make a decision, we’re probably not your state.”
“If taxes are your issue, then Lisa and Stacey aren’t the candidates for you,” the ad says.
Sources with knowledge of the Stronger Foundations political strategy confirmed that the group plans do spend an additional $80,000 for Bramnick during the final week of the campaign.
The Operating Engineers Local 825 have endorsed only Bramnick in the race, although one ad also advocated the re-election of Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-Summit).
Facebook ads have been running for Bramnick since earlier this month. Some of the digital ads also attack Independent Conservative Martin Marks.
Stronger Foundations has also reported spending $40,000 in the 26th district, where they are backing Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-Parsippany) for re-election.