Gov. Christie just won $1.5 million!
Sort of. A new group called Committee For Our Children's Future popped up today, pledging a $1.5 million TV ad campaign to support the gov's policies (see ad below) and posting a slick new web site.
Christie's pals from the University of Delaware are running the organization. Bob Teeven, who sits with the governor for Delaware Blue Hens football games, is the treasurer, and Lynn Grone, who served with Christie in the University of Delaware's student government, is the secretary.
"I think anybody who's out there spending money to say something nice about you, you generally support," Christie said earlier at a press conference. "But I have nothing to do with the group, I don't raise money for them, and if they're out there helping me I say thank you very much."
The spokesman for the group, Brian Jones, former communications director for John McCain's presidential campaign, said in an interview that the leaders of the Committee For Our Children's Future are "all individuals who support the governor's policy record."
The TV ads, which will run for two weeks in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets, will try to counter the multi-mllion dollar ads that the teachers' unions have aired attacking Christie.
The initial ad begins like a presidential campaign commercial -- which is not insignificant considering the presidential buzz that continues to circulate around Christie, here and here. "Washington is backwards," the ad says. "But Chris Christie with bipartisan support is taking New Jersey another direction."
The Committee For Our Children's Future falls under the 501(c)4 designation for political action committee -- known as shadow PACs thanks to the Supreme Court ruling that allows such groups to conceal their donors.
Liberals in the state have One New Jersey, and last year Christie supporters created Reform Jersey Now, which ultimately released its donors but no longer exists.