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DGA Statement Regarding Chris Christie's Shameless Campaign Spending

WASHINGTON, DCDemocratic Governors Association Executive Director Colm O'Comartun today issued the following statement regarding Chris Christie's newest negative ad: "Chris Christie is just another shameless politician. His newest negative ad against Barbara Buono makes his campaign strategy clear: spend his campaign money on false negative advertising and rely on Sandy recovery money for his positive advertising. While Christie may think it's clever to use federal taxpayer dollars to promote himself, it's an unseemly abuse of his office that he should stop immediately." BACKGROUND: Star-Ledger Editorial: Federal Sandy relief dollars inflate Christie's ego. [Editorial, Star-Ledger, 5/19/13] Star-Ledger Editorial: Christie Was Starting In Tourism Ads With Federal Sandy Relief Money Is Intended To Rebuild Our Ravaged Towns, And The Lives Of People Left Homeless By The Storm. The federal Sandy relief money is intended to rebuild our ravaged towns, and the lives of people left homeless by the storm. So when the Christie administration announced it would use $25 million of it for a tourism campaign, we had one simple request: Given the drastic needs along our shore, could we at least have some assurance that these dollars wont be spent to promote Chris Christie in an election year? Wishful thinking, it turns out. Because guess whos now starring in these publicly funded ads? Yep, as the cynics predicted, its Gov. Christie and his family, too. [Editorial, Star-Ledger, 5/19/13] Star-Ledger Headline: Gov. Christie Defends His Role In Publicly Funded TV Ads. [Star-Ledger, 5/17/13] The Ad Consulting Group Shot Versions Of Each Ad That Did Not Include Christie. The MWW public relations firm, which won the state tourism marketing contract, and partner Brushfire Inc. plan on spending $10.5 million on production and media buys for the six commercials. Christie is all of them but each contains a version without the Republican governor. [Asbury Park Press, Capital Quickies, 5/17/13] Christies Ads Would Appear In New Jersey, New York And Pennsylvania. The ads will appear in New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia and other parts of Pennsylvania, as well as Baltimore, Washington, upstate New York and eastern Canada, said MWW representative Shannon Eis. [Star-Ledger, 5/16/13] Courier-Post Editorial: Don't Make Public Pay For Christie Ads. [Editorial, Courier Post, 5/20/13]