Phil Murphy has released his first television ad of the general election and he does what Kim Guadagno has tried desperately not to do; link her to 8 years of Chris Christie. He speaks of Guadagno being the same old playbook and says, "The Christie playbook failed New Jersey."

The tough thing for Guadagno is she cannot directly respond to this ad. Doing so would mean acknowledging what so far she hasn't wanted to acknowledge. The strong ties to the most unpopular governor in memory. A Suffolk University/USA Today poll shows she has her work cut out for her. She trails Murphy by nearly 20 points.

Take a look at the Murphy ad then give it a grade in our poll.

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