Underdog candidate to front-runner: Don't spend so much

Underdog candidate to front-runner: Don't spend so much

Underdog candidate to front-runner: Don't spend so much

TRENTON - A Democratic candidate for governor in New Jersey is asking a primary opponent to stop spending so much money.

Jim Johnson on Thursday asked Phil Murphy to agree to a spending cap of $15 million in the primary. Murphy has racked up key endorsements and used millions of his own cash to surge to a dominant position.

Murphy spokesman Derek Roseman says the campaign had no response.

Johnson argues such a cap would show the candidates are serious about stemming the influence of money in politics.

But experts say Johnson's request might be more designed to grab a headline and cast Murphy in a certain negative light.

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