Just as fast as Chris Christie rose in New Hampshire presidential polls, one Republican opponent’s super PAC cavalry is attempting to knock the New Jersey governor’s popularity back down.
A pair of Conservative Solutions PAC ads, which are airing this week in New Hampshire and surrounding markets, avoid criticizing frontrunner Donald Trump, but instead question Christie’s conservative record. One ad asserts that Christie “could well be Obama’s favorite Republican.”
Conservative Solutions PAC exists for one purpose: supporting Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida.
Christie’s official campaign responded on Wednesday with its own ad in which Christie says Republicans have “the moral duty to work together.”
Christie, however, wasn’t particularly high on Rubio when asked by Bloomberg’s “With All Due Respect” program about Conservative Solutions PAC’s ad blitz.
Christie, whose own absence from New Jersey has been noticed, added that he “works every day for the people of New Jersey as governor.”
Christie is just two points behind Rubio in the Granite State, according to Real Clear Politics’ most recent aggregation of New Hampshire polls.
The ad’s sponsor
Conservative Solutions PAC hasn’t spent nearly as much money on TV ads as Right to Rise USA, the super PAC behemoth supporting Republican Jeb Bush — easily the top ad sponsor in the presidential primary.
But since December, Conservative Solutions PAC has ramped up its ad spending, airing ads in key presidential primary and caucus states such as Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire.
Conservative Solutions PAC, just like all super PACs, may raise and spend as much money as it sees fit — a boon to wealthy donors who may only give $2,700 per election to candidates’ own campaigns.