Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Despite Big Lead, Christie Isn't Easing Up

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Despite Big Lead, Christie Isn't Easing Up

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Governor Christie appears to be leaving little to chance despite a nearly 10-to-1 fundraising advantage over his Democratic challenger, having spent more than $3 million on television ads with six weeks until Election Day.

That's more than twice as much his opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono, has raised in donations and matching funds.

The governor's campaign said on Tuesday that it spent that sum on four ads, including a new 30-second clip, which will be on once during Sunday's Giants-Chiefs game on Fox at a cost of $72,000.

The newest ad, which had its debut on Tuesday, mirrors one released last week. It accuses Buono, a longtime state senator from Middlesex County, of voting to raise her legislative salary 40 percent and to increase the sales tax and income tax.

The ad will run for 10 days in the New York City and Philadelphia markets and statewide on cable at a cost of $1.5 million.

Buono, who is 20 points behind in recent polls, said during a campaign appearance in New Brunswick on Tuesday that Christie is in no position to lecture on the tax issue because he has effectively raised the taxes that voters care most about - property taxes - by cutting rebates.

Both Christie and Buono are participating in the state's public financing program, which provides $2 for every dollar raised after the first $122,000.

So far, Buono has submitted paperwork documenting $660,364.48 in donations and has received $654,711 in matching funds.

Christie has submitted documentation for $4.47 million in donations and to date has received just above $8 million in matching funds, shy of the $8.2 million maximum match. The governor has one more fundraiser planned in Connecticut next month, which his campaign spokesman, Kevin Roberts, said was scheduled before he raised enough to be close to reaching the limit on matching funds.

Buono has yet to run a television ad in the general-election cycle. …

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