The New York Times Editorial Board may have hoped to usher Chris Christie out of the presidential campaign Thursday when it called on him to step aside, but the critical column may have the opposite effect.
The outspoken New Jersey governor is fundraising and taking out digital ads off the snub from the liberal-leaning editorial page. “The Liberal NYT Wants Substance? Get It Here,” a search ad on Google reads with a link to his campaign website. Christie is also targeting those searching for CNBC, the host of Wednesday’s debate, which says “CNBC doesn’t care about real issues.”
The advertising is designed to detour those who’ve heard about the controversy but are not well versed in it to the campaign’s webpage.
Separately, the campaign emailed donors a link to the editorial calling it another example of media bias. “The New York Times is at it again,” Christie strategist Maria Comella wrote in an email to supporters encouraging to donate. “While pundits, outlets and voters have praised Christie’s “strong” and “articulate” debate performance, The New York Times couldn’t help being outdone by CNBC and show their true liberal bias.”
“This is why Governor Christie is tested and ready,” she added. “It’s not the first time he’s dealt with the media and he knows it won’t be the last. As he said this morning, if you weren’t able to take on the moderators of last night’s debate, you have no business being President of the United States.”
On Twitter, Christie quipped he couldn’t read the editorial because he doesn’t have a subscription to the paper.
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