October 31st, 2009
04:26 PM ET
11 years ago

Ad spending in New Jersey reaches $37 million

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WASHINGTON (CNN)– Candidates and outside groups in New Jersey's highly contested gubernatorial race have spent nearly $37 million dollars on advertising since May.

Incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine's campaign tops the charts spending nearly $19 million dollars on 10,161 advertisements compared to the nearly $9 million spent by Republican challenger Chris Christie. Independent candidate Chris Daggett has spent $257,447 on advertisements in the state according to analysis by TNSMI-CMAG, CNN's consultant on political advertising.

Corzine, who is estimated to be spending nearly $2 million a week on advertising has been increasingly negative in his ads, a move seen by many as a means to close the gap in the polls.

Evan Tracey, of TNSMI-CMAG, said according to his analysis, Corzine is well on track to spend more than $20 million by Tuesday when voters head to the polls.

The Republican Governors Association is lending a helping hand to Christie, spending just over $5 million on 6,032 advertisements. The Mid Atlantic Leadership Fund, a Washington based firm which usually backs Democratic candidates, has spent nearly $2 million on behalf of Corzine's campaign for re-election.

Late October polls show Corzine and Christie polling neck-and-neck, while Independent candidate Chris Daggett continues to make gains, primarily peeling support away from the Republican challenger.

Filed under: Chris Christie • Jon Corzine
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Fitz in Texas

    What a waste of money from both parties. That being said, Corzine spends 10 million more and he's still going to lose.

    October 31, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  2. Hey Big Spender

    The amount of money to run for election is ridiculous. It just goes to show all of 'our representatives' have been bought before they even step foor into the office.

    October 31, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Go back to the all you can eat buffet Chris!!!!!

    October 31, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  4. Kim

    Think of all the good that $37 million dollars could've done. How many people could've received some health care. How many children could've had hot lunches. Shameful.

    October 31, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Willy Brown

    You re-elect Corzine or vote for Daggett you condone the pig pen the state democrats have built for you Jersey

    October 31, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Christie must have a fat wallet....

    October 31, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  7. Dave

    How many times the president went to NJ campaigning for Corzine?

    Celebrations, sports with the other boys club members, fund raising for democrats, campaigning, photo-ops, campaigning for healthcare regardless of the people's will, going on (non Fox News) TV shows, taking a trip campaigning for Chicago having the Olympics, taking a trip to theater in NYC, did we say campaigning..., yes and taking many many weeks to deeply think and (not) decide on military matters.. what else is the president doing?

    October 31, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  8. Neutralizer

    christie accepted public funding, meaning his campaign money is limited while Corzine like Windbag-in-Chief is spending money like water for his campaign and STILL behind in polls. My buddy will be voting this Tuesday, he's a democrat but voting for Christie. Corzine has not done anything good as governor of NJ, one thing he's good at is increasing taxes from sales tax to property tax driving people out of his state.

    October 31, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. Targar

    Who cares how much money is spent just keep the Republican out of the Countrry's buisness. THE PARTY OF NO!!!

    October 31, 2009 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. Yair

    President Obama, please campaign for these failures more! I love to see their votes drop as you more speak on their behalves!

    October 31, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Christie = Karl Rove

    No more Bush league politics from Christie's ethics violations with Karl Rove.

    Gov. Corzine is the better choice for New Jersey.

    October 31, 2009 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  12. Yair

    I have not seen as more TALIBAN as liberals!!! destroying America is what they both dream of!

    October 31, 2009 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. not alone

    y'all know just how much 37 million could help the needy in NYC,such a shame and a sham to spen that kind of cash on an election.Time for campian reform and see how they stand on the issue's and not the hype.

    October 31, 2009 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. Roger

    Gee, a fat guy & a baldheaded hippie can generate this kind of donations? I'm impressed. Just have two things to say, Chris (Chris Christie, what a name) dont throw your weight around when elected. Jon there is life after politics, usually as a lobbyist at higher pay.

    October 31, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  15. We Won Get Over It

    Why in the world would a progressive state like New Jersey saddle themselves with another bush. They saw what republicans did to this country and now they would want Christie to do it to them. If they elect this blow hard they deserve what they get. First thing he is going to do is cut funding for schools, hospitals and ALL social services. BUT he will tax breaks out his butt to the republican richy rich

    October 31, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  16. michael

    I agree with Fitz In Texas> the time has to change.

    October 31, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  17. Illinoistom

    That Goldman Sachs gig must be pretty good for Corzine to have so much money to throw at the campaign. At least the media is getting a little bailout here.

    October 31, 2009 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Richp

    I wonder if Daggett's money could be traced back to Corzine...thats how NJ works.

    October 31, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  19. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Think about the fact that if any of these fat cats were really interested in what's good for the country with all the money they have in their coffins they could contribute to paying down the National debt. But then again they have bigger and better plans for themselves that doesn't include the voters.

    October 31, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  20. Dave

    Hey "Republicans are the American Taliban",
    You and your immature comments exemplify the lack of intelligence amongst you and your liberal jerk-off buddies. Get a life moron.

    October 31, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. mercfan

    People that don't know anything about Daggett, shouldn't comment about him. Daggett is an old school conserative that will cut taxes and spending without borrow beyond the state's means.

    Unfortunately, Christie is a faux conserative, cut taxes, but borrow and spend to balance the budget.

    Christie also has a history of using taxpayer money to award millions contracts to his lawyer friends – making them rich. NJ can't afford Chris Chrisie.

    October 31, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  22. mercfan

    I live in Christie's home county. A county that votes Republican in every election for every office. He was our freeholder for one term and couldn't get re-elected because of his over spending and awarding contracts to his friends so we booted him out.

    So he raises $350K for George W Bush and bought him the US Attorney's job. He is all about one hand washes the other and could care less about the people of this county or NJ.

    October 31, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  23. Post-partisan

    Even Democratic bloggers cannot bring themselves to vocally support Corzine.

    October 31, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  24. So completely out of hand

    and no end in sight

    only people happy are political operatives

    October 31, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  25. mjm

    Incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine's campaign tops the charts spending nearly $19 million dollars.

    Man Democrats spend a lot of money. No wonder they come up with health care bills that cost $894 Billion and "stimu-less bills" that cost $780 Billion to create (or save?) less than 30000 jobs (or 650000...according to Biden....yeah right)

    October 31, 2009 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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