Did Murphy allies launch this TV ad to distract from the Brennan rape case?

TRENTON, N.J. — The pro-Murphy “New Direction New Jersey” group (a 501(c)4 organization) is on the air with a television ad touting what it considers to be Phil Murphy’s year one “accomplishments” as governor.

The spot also calls on legislators to approve a state-wide $15 minimum wage. Murphy and legislative leaders are in agreement over the $15 part, disagreeing only on how quickly to phase-in the new mandate.

Coincidentally? News broke today that six senior Murphy Administration officials will testify this month in the ongoing probe of Katie Brennan’s sexual assault allegations against an ex-Murphy aide. The public record and Brennan’s own committee testimony suggest that Governor Murphy ignored Brennan’s plight for months before The Wall Street Journal‘s journalism catalyzed Alvarez’s resignation and broke the scandal wide-open.

So are they celebrating real accomplishments? Or aiming to change the subject?

The TV ad can be viewed here.