Barbara Buono, the Democratic candidate for governor of New Jersey, accused Republican incumbent Chris Christie of putting his presidential ambitions ahead of his constituents, in her first ad of the general election campaign.
The ad, titled “Your Governor,” proclaims that Buono is “the only one actually running for governor,” since Christie “wants to be president.”
“Chris Christie’s got his sights set on the Republican presidential primary,” Buono says in the ad. “That’s why he defunded Planned Parenthood, opposes abortion rights, vetoed gay marriage and stands with the gun lobby on background checks.”
“With 400,000 New Jerseyans out of work and our poverty rate at a 50-year high, Christie raised taxes on the working poor, but won’t ask millionaires to pay another dime,” Buono adds. “He wants to be president. I want to be your governor.”
The ad effectively paints Christie as out of step with New Jersey, a liberal state that elected Democrat Cory Booker to the U.S. Senate in a landslide just days ago. But having a conservative Republican as chief executive does not seem to bother New Jersey voters, who support Christie overwhelmingly. Polls of the race find Christie leading Buono by over 20 percent, making a Buono comeback in the two weeks before Election Day virtually impossible.