In Race for NJ Gov, Ads Get Personal

Next Tuesday's primary election in New Jersey is drawing national attention and campaign cash. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The Republican field includes former US Attorney Chris Chrsitie, former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonnegan and Morris County Assemblyman Richard Merkt. But in the primary homestretch, Christie is the clear target in this TV ad that accuses him of trading federal work for favorable treatment for his brother - a charge Christie vehemently denies.

TV AD: Selective prosecutions, contracts for political allies. Tell Chris Christie to cooperate with investigators and tell Congress to end pay to play justice.

REPORTER: The ad was paid for by the mid-Atlantic Leadership Fund, which is linked to a national Democratic operative. Meanwhile, with Christie polling well against incumbent Democratic Governor Jon Corzine, the nation's Republican Governor's Association commissioned an attack ad, trying to link Corzine to the bad economy.

TV AD: The Corzine record, unemployment up 73 percent. New Jersey's business climate ranks in the bottom five states.

REPORTER: This year, the only other major statewide race is for the open Governor's seat in Virginia. So Republicans are looking at New Jersey's gubernatorial contest for signs of party comeback. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.