Two months ago, we reported that Democrat Phil Murphy was eyeing a run for governor, but the Republican candidate was struggling.
Then a new poll out of Ohio showed the Democrat ahead in a tight race, and we found that Murphy had a double-digit lead in the state.
But now, Murphy has a new ad in Ohio that may give him some momentum, as his campaign has released a new TV spot that highlights his record on economic development and tax cuts.
It begins with an elderly couple sitting at a table in the kitchen, drinking wine and chatting about how they’ve been able to afford to live on their retirement savings, and how their grandchildren are attending school.
The woman says she wants to retire in six years and she hopes to help the economy grow, but she also wants to keep the government in the private sector.
“The future is bright,” she says.
“Let’s help create the best economy in the world.”
Then, the ad cuts to a montage of Murphy’s tax cuts and economic development plans, with the elderly couple, who have been sitting in the same spot for decades, talking about how “we can’t do it alone,” and “if we do it together, we can.”
The ad ends with the couple talking about “the promise of this economy” and asking if it’s the same promise that the Democrats promise to make.
The ad is from the Ohio Republican Party, and it’s airing in Ohio’s 6th Congressional District, where Murphy is hoping to win.
It’s the second ad from the state’s GOP in the past week, after the Republican Party of Ohio released an ad attacking Murphy over his support for a tax break for companies.
But the two ads come as the state has been rocked by the death of three people, including a mother and her 2-year-old daughter, who were killed in an auto accident in June.
The state has also been plagued by the opioid crisis, which has killed hundreds of people and contributed to a spike in overdoses, and the opioid epidemic has been blamed for several suicides, as well as an uptick in crime.
Murphy, a former prosecutor and U.S. Attorney, has repeatedly criticized the opioid and opioid overdose crisis, but his latest ad is perhaps the most direct criticism he has yet seen from the Democratic Party.
The Ohio Democrat has also criticized Trump for not doing enough to combat the opioid problem, but it’s unclear if Murphy will take this issue seriously in his race against Murphy.
The Democratic primary will be held June 13, and Murphy has been campaigning hard for the race.
He is also making a pitch to young voters in his bid to take on Murphy, who is a former U.N. ambassador and one of the youngest members of Congress.
“I’ve been in the Senate since 2001, and I’ve seen the devastating impact of opioids on families, on communities, on families,” Murphy told the Ohio Union Leader in June, shortly after the death toll from the opioid drug crisis rose to 447, including the death in May of a 19-year old woman.
“There’s not a day goes by that I don’t think about how hard it must be to find a job, to feed your family, to get by, to put food on the table, to keep your mind off the pain.
And I think it’s time we got a governor who can actually take on the opioid addiction crisis,” he said.