Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (R) is taunting ‘Jersey Boys’ Republicans Mehmet Oz and Doug Mastriano with a scathing new meme, accusing them of setting up camp in his state just to try to snag a political position.
Fetterman, who is running against Republican Oz for the U.S. Senate, again raised his repeated attack that Oz — and now Mastriano — are “carpet baggerswho know little about the Pennsylvanians they hope to represent.
His latest dig, a fake scene from the musical “Jersey Boys” posted to Twitter on Thursday, was sparked by a report in the New Jersey Globe earlier this week that right-wing Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Mastriano was registered to vote in New Jersey for 28 years. years. New Jersey election officials changed his status to inactive last year, the Globe noted.
Oz also lived and voted in New Jersey until 2021. He bought a house in New Jersey in 2020 – while keeping his Jersey mansion in Cliffside Park, as well as other homes. The former TV personality is still registered to vote in New Jersey and could legally vote in his “home state” in November if he chooses not to vote in Pennsylvania, the Globe reported.
The newspaper called New Jersey an “incubator” for Republican candidates seeking to win out-of-state races.
Fetterman also posted a video of several clips of Oz declaring his residency in New Jersey in the past.
In one of his most successful attacks highlighting the difference between Oz and the typical Pennsylvanian, Fetterman recently railed against a video that Oz had complaining about the high cost of “rawness” in a town that prefers cheesesteaks from Philadelphia. While shopping on the video, Oz also got the name of the popular Pennsylvania grocery store, Redner’s, wrong.
Fetterman was sidelined from campaigning for three months as he recovered from a blow in May, just before the primary. But he’s been playing a savvy internet game, reaching out to other Pennsylvanians who apparently don’t take kindly to strangers zeroing in on their turf.
Fetterman recruited high-profile New Jerseyites, including musician-actor Steven Van Zandt and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of the “Jersey Shore” real estate television franchise, in stealth political ads. Polizzi begged “Mehmet” to come home and Van Zandt urged Oz to return to where he belongs: New Jersey.
A Monmouth University poll released Wednesday found Fetterman with a 9-point lead over Oz in the race to replace Republican Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey, who is retiring.
A Monmouth poll released on Friday found Democratic Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro leading Mastriano by 18 points among voters who said they had “definitely” or “probably” decided.
There was no immediate response to Fetterman of Oz or Mastriano’s latest attack.
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