Former New Jersey governor and 2016 GOP presidential contender Chris Christie has formed a new pro-Trump advocacy group that plans to spend lavishly on ads criticizing the president’s impeachment.
The group, Right Direction America, has made an initial advertising buy that currently runs through January.
The spots criticize Congress for wasting valuable time impeaching President Trump, whose administration has produced a record-breaking economy, foreign policy advances, and better trade deals, said Phil Cox, a Republican strategist who is assisting Christie.
“Our core message is that it’s time for Congress to put impeachment aside and get back to work on behalf of the American people,” Cox told the Washington Times.
“Our premise is that the country is clearly moving in the right direction: 7 million new jobs created, lowest unemployment in 50 years, and we can’t let partisanship get in the way of continued progress,” he added.
Lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled House returned two articles of impeachment against the president earlier this month — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. No Republicans voted in favor of the articles, and a few Democrats voted against them as well.
Cox said the group’s ads will highlight the country’s economic successes and emphasize that it is heading in the right direction, while urging Americans to engage their Senators who are now responsible for further impeachment proceedings.
Right Direction America is targeting a handful of states including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado and Maine. Those states are all anticipated to feature hotly contested races up and down the ballot in 2020.
The Christie organization was formed to push back against Left-wing groups like Need to Impeach, founded by billionaire Tom Steyer, which is spending millions to support Trump’s impeachment.
Steyer’s organization is targeting GOP senators running to keep their seats in Arizona, Colorado, Iowa and Maine.