The General Majority PAC is spending to protect their investment in Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey. They must have polling data showing Houghtaling and Downey vulnerable without Sen Vin Gopal’s coattails.
The PAC, which is associated with South Jersey power broker George Norcross, bought the Assembly seats for Houghtaling and Downey in 2015 by spending millions on TV ads that depicted former Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini as a crook because she gets paid as the CEO of a non-profit that fights to prevent drug addition. Dirty, dirty, filthy Democrats.
The legal disclaimer asserts that the candidates nor committee affiliated with them authorized, approved or asked for the mailer to be sent. That’s about the only truth in the piece that tells the targeted swing voters “Don’t Be Fooled.” It’s true because Houghtaling and Downey don’t authorize or approve anything at all. They do what they are told by staffers who are told what tell them by Gopal and legislative leaders who are told what to do by Norcross. That’s how it works.
Houghtaling and Downey did not cooperate with General Majority PAC on this mailer, they just happened to be frumping down the Asbury Park boardwalk together when the PAC’s photographer spotted them.
Matt Woolley, one the the GOP challengers in LD 11, said the Dems’ piece is misleading.
“The irony is just how misleading it really is,” said Woolley, an Ocean Township resident. “Mike (Amoroso) and I are running a local, grassroots campaign, but our opponents are backed by the biggest, most infamous state political machine today.”
Woolley said the attack on him opposing taxpayer funds for Planned Parenthood is designed to deflect attention from Houghtaling and Downey voting against legislation that would required the seller of dead baby parts to disclose how they spend New Jersey taxpayer’s dollars.
Planned Parenthood got $7.45 million in NJ tax dollars. They spent $3.5 million on political lobbying and more than $120,000 on advertising, phone
banks, and other campaign-related support in 2017.
“Women are cheated out of the health care they deserve if politicians just dole out money to politically active third-party groups without any accountability,” said Woolley. “I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone against funding women’s health care in New Jersey today. These are just scare tactics.”
Amoroso was hit for voting to raise property taxes for Freehold Township’s schools. He would not have had to do that if Houghtaling and Downey had not voted to cut State school funding to LD 11 schools.