Christie releases first ad, spends $1.5 million
September 12th, 2013
07:00 AM ET
9 years ago

Christie releases first ad, spends $1.5 million

Updated 9/12/2013 at 7:34am

(CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie's re-election team released its first television ad of the general campaign Thursday, highlighting the New Jersey Republican's record as a bipartisan leader.

"They said it couldn't be done. New Jersey was too broken, too partisan. But they never met Chris Christie," the narrators says, also pointing to some of his budgetary and legislative accomplishments. New Jersey has a Democratic-controlled legislature.

The new ad also points out Christie's role in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which slammed into the state in October and caused $39 billion in damage.

With just under two months before Election Day, Christie is running for a second term against Democratic State Sen. Barbara Buono.

The new 30-second spot will run for 10 days in the Philadelphia and New York City markets and on statewide cable in a $1.5 million ad buy, according to the campaign.

Christie so far enjoys a comfortable lead over his Democratic opponent, though the gap has narrowed slightly in the polls this summer. According to a Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind survey releaesd at the end of August, the incumbent governor has the support of 50% of all registered voters, while Buono comes in with 26%.

His 50% mark was down seven percentage points from when the same survey was conducted in mid-June.

Christie's trying to score an impressive re-election victory with the support of not only Republicans but also Democratic and independent voters. His 2013 re-election bid is also increasingly seen as a testing ground or launching pad for a possible 2016 bid for the White House.

The Buono campaign was quick to respond to the release of the Christie commercial. In a release that attacked Christie's record on creating jobs, taxes, and education, a statement went on to say that "this ad only proves that the Real Housewives of New Jersey have a better handle on the economy than the Governor."

Filed under: 2013 • Ads • Barbara Buono • Chris Christie • New Jersey
soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Bipartisan? Voting and being against women's rights is very rethug like.
    He did one good thing, Hurricane Sandy, as governor. Doesn't sound as if he has done much ese for NJ.

    September 12, 2013 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Christie has done an excellent of building an image of being bipartisan and fair when nothing could be further from the truth. New Jersey suffered tens of billions of dollars of damage from Sandy throughout the state. But, most of the rebuilding efforts have been pretty much localized to the New Jersey shoreline areas. Water damage from Sandy, caused by overlowing rivers and streams, was rampant throughout the state. Repair and recovery efforts in those areas has been all but ignored. But, for some reason NJ'ers are happy with this guy. I guess they must figure help is one the way. Not.

    September 12, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Data Driven

    Seems like a lot of money to spend against an opponent who's behind him by a 2-1 margin.

    Fiscally conservative?

    September 12, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "His 2013 re-election bid is also increasingly seen as a testing ground or launching pad for a possible 2016 bid for the White House."

    In other words Christie is going to spend the rest of his newly elected term on the campaign trail? Pawlenty tried that here in Minnesota and left Minnesota in shambles. Hopefully it works out better for Christie's New Jersery than it did for Pawlenty's Minnesota.

    Having proved how fiscally conservative he was, Pawlenty refused to spend the necessary funds to repair a bridge that badly needed repair, witnessed the bridge collapse, publicly recorded his tsk, tsk, and then promptly began his long and very boring foray as a wannabe president campaign trail otherwise known as the Republican 2012 Clown Show Extravaganza. One suspects after the bridge collapse, Pawlenty was the only person in America who couldn't quite understand why McCain thought Palin would be the better V.P. candidate.

    2016 is looking to be a repeat of 2012.

    September 12, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. patNY

    How bipartisan is it when after the legislature votes to approve same-sex marriage, Christie vetoes it, saying it should go to a state referendum? That's the so called BS position that ignores the right of the minority that should be protected against the tyranny of the majority. And it's the cowardly way of skirting an issue that has support in his own blue state so he can be prepared to deal with the right wing red states he will have to win primaries to be his right wing nut job national party's nominee in 2016. AND...despite is so called record, NJ still has the highest property taxes in the country and is 3 points higher than the national unemployment rate. Oh, and let's not forget that Christie is fat.

    September 12, 2013 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. boungiorno

    wow i want to be like you box of corn flakes

    September 12, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. just saying

    christie is going to win in a landslide. he's shown how a strong leader gets things done. now compare his strong leadership with the 120 lb weakling we have in the white house that is getting spit on by putin on a daily basis. if only we had christie in the white house.....

    September 12, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |