“Lady Tammy,” a crown on her head, peers upon the “peasants” from a balcony and proclaims:
“I have decided to bestow upon myself a higher calling.”
That, of course, is a run for the United States Senate.
The comic creation, which includes an aristocratic-sounding voice over, urges voters to “Say No To The Murphy Monarchy.”
It is, of course, no surprise that Testa is having some fun with First Lady Tammy Murphy’s planned Senate run.
His posting includes a caricature of the governor and a suggestion that “Lady Tammy” will bring the same “regal touch” to the Senate as she and her husband have brought to the “Kingdom of New Jersey.”
What does that mean?
Well, “high taxes” for one thing.
As stated, you expect a Republican like Testa to poke fun at the First Lady.
But what has to be more troubling to some is that many Democrats may very well agree.
Ever since Tammy Murphy’s Senate candidacy announcement about three weeks ago, two things have occurred.
One is that much of the Democratic establishment has endorsed Murphy.
This includes some members of Congress, county chairpersons and many elected officials.
But on the other hand, we are also seeing a movement of some rank and file Democrats in opposition to “nepotism” and the power of party bosses.
The beneficiary of all this seems to be Rep. Andy Kim of CD-3 who announced his candidacy soon after Bob Menendez got indicted.
Kim is already making the rounds.
In the exaggerated verbiage common for such things, Kim recently said on social media:
“There is something extraordinary happening here in New Jersey. From Waretown to West Orange to Ridgewood to Summit and elsewhere (last) weekend, hundreds of people are coming out with an energy beyond anything I’ve felt before.”
How and if this translates to votes in next year’s primary remains to be seen.
One Republican candidate in the race is Christine Serrano Glassner of Morris County.
Testa acknowledged that it’s an “uphill climb” for any Republican considering a run for the Senate. The GOP has not elected a Republican senator in New Jersey since 1972.
That makes the Democratic primary uber-important.
Testa said his video has been well received in political circles and that he wants to show how out of touch the governor and the First Lady are.
His video ends with a prediction:
“But one thing’s for certain. The people of New Jersey won’t be trading their votes for crowns anytime soon.”
At least Testa hopes not.