NJ Politics Digest: Guadagno Takes Heat for Attack Ad

Kim Guadagno Kevin B. Sanders for Observer

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno’s new attack ad against Phil Murphy was the talk of New Jersey politics on Thursday, with elected officials, editorial writers, political observers and even former Vice President Joe Biden weighin in.

Guadagno, the Republican nominee for governor, is facing criticism for the 30-second spot, which charges that Murphy would protect from deportation undocumented immigrants who commit murder. Guadagno continued to bash Murphy, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, for his immigration policies during an appearance on the Fox News morning show “Fox & Friends.”

Murphy, meanwhile, has over $5 million in the bank for his campaign, far more than Guadagno’s approximately $900,000 reserve fund, according to the state Election Law Enforcement Commission. Murphy has raised about $10.3 million and spent $4.8 million. Guadagno has raised about $3 million and spent about $2 million.

Quote of the Day: “It’s a little bit like walking through a swamp and taking a shower. All the muck doesn’t get washed off, even if you’re acquitted.” — Ross K. Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University, on Sen. Bob Menendez’s political baggage after his corruption trial.

Guadagno Criticized for Incendiary Attack Ad on Murphy
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Biden: Murphy’s Goldman Sachs Experience a Strength, Not Weakness
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Murphy Has Five Times More Cash on Hand Than Guadagno
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has over $5 million in reserve funds, a figure that dwarfs Republican candidate Kim Guadagno’s approximately $900,000 haul, according to a report released by the state Election Law Enforcement Commission on Thursday.
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Frelinghuysen Challenger Mikie Sherrill Raises Nearly $500,000
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Menendez case gets potential ‘death blow’
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Christie’s surprising criticism of Phil Murphy
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Biden stumps for Murphy, then bashes Weinstein in speech on sexual assault
Former Vice President Joe Biden injected himself into New Jersey’s gubernatorial campaign on Thursday, accusing the Republican candidate of race-baiting before delivering a fiery speech about campus sexual violence in which he denounced embattled Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as “disgusting and immoral.”
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House Speaker Ryan blasts states that send billions to federal government
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Hillary Clinton Coming to Harrison for Event in Support of Phil Murphy
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NJ Politics Digest: Guadagno Takes Heat for Attack Ad