State Senate candidate Mike Testa on Friday hit State Sen. Bob Andrzejczak for declining to rule out asking Gov. Phil Murphy for help on the campaign trail.
“Frankly, it doesn’t matter whether Gov. Murphy and Sen. Andrzejczak ultimately campaign together or not,” Testa said. “This race has been and will always be about Governor Murphy and the increasingly radical, far-left policies of Bob Andrzejczak’s Democrat Party in Trenton.”
Testa, who is also Cumberland County Republican chairman, has made Murphy and Trenton Democrats a core part of his early campaign strategy.
On Thursday, Andrzejczak told the New Jersey Globe it was too early for him to have even considered asking Murphy, or anyone else, to campaign for him, though he added he would take all the help he could get down the line.
“Whether it’s turning New Jersey into a Sanctuary State for criminals, giving multi-million-dollar taxpayer-funded handouts to illegal immigrants, attacking our 2nd Amendment rights, or taxing the rain and everything else they can get their hands on, Bob Andrzejczak and the Trenton Democrats are out-of-touch with South Jersey,” Testa said.
Andrzejczak and Testa are running in a district that Democrats have held for most of the last 15 years despite a Republican advantage in registration.
It’s not clear how Andrzejczak and his running mates in the legislature’s lower chamber, Assemblymen Bruce Land and Matt Milam, will fare in the district now that Rep. Jeff Van Drew has ascended to the House.
Van Drew, who burnished his reputation as a moderate over the years he spent representing the district, left the state legislature at the start of the year.
Testa and Andrzejczak are running for the remainder of his term in the only State Senate race this year.
Andrzejczak, who was appointed to fill Van Drew’s seat, has previously been forced to fend off attacks leveled by Testa on school funding.
The county chairman challenged Andrzejczak to a radio debate on changes made to the state’s school funding formula last budget season, according to a letter obtained by the New Jersey Globe.
Testa says the senator never responded to that challenge.
“Bob has already proven that he can’t defend that agenda by refusing to accept my challenge to debate the Democrats school funding formula and its disastrous impact on Cape May County schools and taxpayers.”Andrzejczak 3-25-19