WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican Governor's Association launched a new attack ad Friday calling Gov. Jon Corzine a "failure" to the state of New Jersey.
"New Jersey pays more in property taxes than anyone else in the country," the 15-second spot says. "And seems to get more than our share of corruption than anyone else in the country."
"Corzine, tax, waste debt, failure," the ad concludes.
While the RGA would not disclose the size of the buy, "Corzine Failed," will air on broadcast TV with "significant points behind it," according to RGA communications director Mike Schrimpf
In response to the ad, Corzine spokesman Sean Darcy likened Christie to a continuation of Bush economic policy—which favored tax breaks for the wealthy.
“While Governor Corzine has provided almost seven billion dollars in direct property tax relief for New Jersey residents, Christie embraces the Bush economic policies of more tax breaks for big corporations and the very wealthy – which slashes the exact revenue the state spends on property tax relief,” Darcy said in a statement. “Christie also said he would have rejected President Obama's stimulus funds for New Jersey, which would lead directly to a $2 billion property tax increase.”
Democrats say Corzine has pulled even with GOP opponent Chris Christie among registered voters, while Republicans point out that Christie maintains a healthy advantage among likely voters in the state - though that edge dropped into the single digits in a Monmouth University/Gannett survey released earlier this week.
The poll, conducted between September 8 and 10 shows Christie leading Crozine 47 percent to 39 percent, with 5 percent polling for Independent candidate Chris Daggett.