STATE — The Democratic State Committee admitted to paying for a automated phone calls that disparaged GOP nominee Christopher Christie and encouraged Republican voters to support independent gubernatorial candidate Christopher Daggett.
After Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, who was appointed as state party boss by Gov. Jon Corzine, flatly denied responsibility for the robocalls a state committee spokesperson said the chairman was unaware of the operations but admitted they were funded by his organization.
Republicans accused the Democrats of trying to deceive GOP voters into voting for the independent candidate to secure Corzine’s re-election.
The Star-Ledger said that Cryan denied that Democrats were behind the calls, telling a reporter: “No. Zero. Nada. No.”
A recording of the automated phone call posted on the newspaper’s nj.com website included a disclaimer that stated it was paid for by the “NJDSC, 196 West State Street, Trenton.” The location is headquarters for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee (NJDSC).
Cryan is employed at taxpayer expense as a $110,000 per year Union County undersheriff in addition to collecting a $49,000 Assembly salary.
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