Mayor Cory Booker has purchased airtime for a campaign ad, slated to hit cable news stations in New Jersey starting Wednesday, marking the first television media buy in the special election to succeed the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
The ad casts the Newark mayor as a Washington outsider with problem-solving experience. "I've proven that by bringing people together even with big problems, we can make big progress and improve people's lives," Booker says in the ad. "Washington ducks our problems. I won't."
The direct-to-camera ad, titled "Run," highlights Booker's record on business development, job creation, and efforts to reduce crime.
Rep. Rush Holt, also running for Lautenberg's seat, released a web advertisement last week, but neither he nor the other special election candidates, excluding Booker, have purchased television airtime yet.
The New Jersey special election primary is scheduled for Aug. 13, with the general election on Oct. 16.
Ruby Cramer is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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