Ad hits Christie rival for tax record
May 29th, 2013
12:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Ad hits Christie rival for tax record

(CNN) – A new television ad airing in New Jersey hits Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono, who's running for governor in the state, for her record on taxes during her time in Trenton.

The spot from the Republican Governors Association will be backed by a "large buy," a spokesman for the group said.

"Barbara Buono by the numbers: As a Trenton politician, she voted to raise taxes 154 times. Under her, property taxes up 70%. Backed a 16% sales tax increase. Utilities, nursing homes, cell phones, parking lots, lottery wins, gyms – she taxed them all," a narrator in the spot proclaims. It goes on to criticize Buono for her role in crafting then-Gov. Jon Corzine's budget, which the spot claims "drove New Jersey $2 billion into debt."

"Barbara Buono by the numbers: taking New Jersey backwards," the spot concludes.

The spot is the first from the RGA in the battle between Buono and incumbent Republican Chris Christie, who served as the vice chairman of the GOP governors group last year.

"Governor Christie and his national Republican sponsors' false attacks on Senator Buono's record are attempts to distract from the truth: they have made careers off defending millionaires over working and middle class families," Buono campaign spokesman David Turner wrote in response to the ad. "Senator Buono has consistently fought to make millionaires pay their fair share to provide property tax relief to the New Jersey's middle class."

The Democratic Governors Association has yet to go up with ads supporting Buono in her bid against Christie. The candidate's campaign went up its first ad last week, spending $1 million to air the spot.

With two major media markets-those of New York City and Philadelphia-covering most of New Jersey, purchasing ad time can be expensive, with millions of dollars required to buy substantial time in the area.

Christie, for example, spent $1.2 million on his first re-election ad earlier this month.

Polls indicate the incumbent governor has a strong advantage over Buono, with the most recent Quinnipac University poll showing Christie ahead by Buono, 58% to 26%.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.


Filed under: Barbara Buono • Chris Christie • New Jersey • RGA
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Christie is not one who should be criticizing someone else's record on taxes. He ran against former governer Corzine's tax record during his first gubenatorial race. Property taxes increased 6% during Corzine's tenure.

    Christie fans proclaim his record on taxes during his first term. He cut income taxes, for the wealthy naturally, and he cut taxes on businesses to "promote growth". What they forget to mention is that property taxes have increased by a whopping 18% during Christie's first term. In other words, he socked it to the middle class like a true Republican would.

    May 29, 2013 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    Will we ever see an article telling us about Chris Christy?? The real one. Not this one the media is fawning over. I would like to hear about his record because I have heard some things from posters but never a real article...

    May 29, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    And Chris Christie is a union buster. Specifically, he hates the Teachers Union. What's his beef with teachers?

    May 29, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    It [Christie ad] goes on to criticize Buono for her role in crafting then-Gov. Jon Corzine's budget, which the spot claims "drove New Jersey $2 billion into debt."
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    What drove New Jersey into debt in 2008-2009 is the same thing that drove a lot states into debt at that time. The global financial collapse, which hit both NY and NJ pretty hard, to say the least. Christie is insulting the voters by playing people for stupid. His ads are misleading because they make false equivalences by telling only half the truth.

    May 29, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Donna

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    Specifically, he hates the Teachers Union. What's his beef with teachers?
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    Teachers are not the same as Teacher's Unions. Teachers usually care about the kids, teacher's unions could care less about the kids. It is all about their power and dues and how much they can take, take take.

    May 29, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    If there's one thing we absolutely KNOW, it is that Dems cannot manage money well.

    May 29, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Wake up People!

    Will we ever see an article telling us about Chris Christy?? The real one. Not this one the media is fawning over. I would like to hear about his record because I have heard some things from posters but never a real article...
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    Gov. Christie is running another misleading ad that brags about state education spending is at all-time high, which is true. The real truth is that his administration lost out on federal assistance, through "No Child Left Behind", because Christie's hand picked staffers bungled the application. They were even notified of the errors, and given an opportunity to correct the application. I think they had some dates wrong, and some numbers were totaled up incorrectly.

    They declined the offer, and the State of New Jersey lost $450 million in education aid. So, yeah. State spending on education is at an all-time high because of gross incompetence on the part of Christie's inner circle of staffers.

    May 29, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. just sayin

    a big government liberal democrat that is always voting for more and more and more taxes. shocking i tell you, shocking!

    May 29, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    And Chris Christie is a union buster. Specifically, he hates the Teachers Union. What's his beef with teachers?
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    He's got nothing against teachers... it's the vile vermin union bosses that are worthy of contempt.

    May 29, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "I have heard some things from posters but never a real article..."

    You're in the wrong place if you're looking for a real article. CNN has decided that Christie is their man for 2016 and they're sticking with it. Real journalists would take each of those claims in the ad, research them and tell us whether they hold up. Stenographers simply transcribe them. So, if you want any real info on that, you're probably going to have to resort to the googlez.

    May 29, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "He's got nothing against teachers... it's the vile vermin union bosses that are worthy of contempt."

    I see. And so that's why Christie's policies have punished the teachers themselves? I suppose it makes sense. It's a pervasive theme for the GOP/Teatrolls. They've been punishing the entire populace, except for an elite few, for years now as retaliation for us election Obama, etc. Why would one of them not punish teachers for belonging to a union and electing their union representation?

    May 29, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Donna wrote:

    Teachers are not the same as Teacher's Unions. Teachers usually care about the kids, teacher's unions could care less about the kids. It is all about their power and dues and how much they can take, take take.

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    He's got nothing against teachers... it's the vile vermin union bosses that are worthy of contempt.
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    I guess that explains why he publicly yelled at the NJ Teacher of the Year during a town hall event. The man had the nerve to ask about NJ education funding cuts.

    BTW. Almost all of the "union bosses" are current or former teachers. It's the school system administrators who do most of the take, take taking. It is not uncommon on the east coast to find School Board members pulling down 6 figure salaries for their part time jobs.

    May 29, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. just askin

    well christy must be doing something right since he is riding very high in the polls and the only people supporting this democrat appear to be the rabid left wing of the democrat party or all the greedy theiving union people christy has put in their place.

    or maybe it is all the chumming around with his buddy barack that has him so high?! i mean after all he won him a teddy bear since obama couldn't do it himself!

    May 29, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |