NJ Politics Digest: Pulling the Plug on Chris Christie’s Anti-Drug Ad Campaign

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Not only is Chris Christie out of the State House, he might also be off our television sets—at least in a series of ads featuring the former governor as he touts whatever the state’s substance abuse efforts might be.

Governor Phil Murphy has said that his staff will review Christie’s place in the state’s controversial $43 million ad campaign with an eye toward cancelling the ads, featuring his predecessor and several people in recovery.

The move can’t come soon enough for some state Democrats, who say the funds needed to get the Christie commercials on TV came from money originally slated for education.

“This was done at the expense of programs that are equally important,” Sen. Loretta Weinberg, a Democrat long a thorn in Christie’s side, said in an article by NJSpotlight.

Meanwhile, Phil Murphy might be a millionaire, but he’ll also be paid during his time as governor, deciding to accept the $175,000 state salary.

Sen. Cory Booker got lots of publicity for his impassioned take down of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. But now Republicans are claiming Booker’s outrage over Nielsen’s claim that she didn’t remember President Donald Trump using vulgar language during a meeting on a proposed immigration deal is an example of sexism by New Jersey’s junior senator. Booker, though, wasn’t backing down.

“I’m standing here as a United States senator in my official capacity, challenging a Cabinet secretary who’s lying before the Senate on an issue that affects my state as well as this nation,” he said, according to a report by The Record of Bergen County.

Quote of the Day: “This is certainly not something I’m looking to do every day. I’ve been doing this every day for a long time,” — Former Gov. Chris Christie, after touring a county vocational school in Newark on Wednesday.

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