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Environmental group to spend $130K in governor's race

TRENTON, N.J. - An environmental group in New Jersey says it will spend $130,000 to help the wealthy Democratic front-runner in the race for governor.

Phil Murphy has come under attack from his Democratic rivals for his investments in pipeline companies.

The New Jersey League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund told the Associated Press on Wednesday that it's pouring the cash into digital and mail campaigns to back Murphy.

The advertising spending comes in response to attacks from Murphy's Democratic rivals in the June 6 primary. Assemblyman John Wisniewski has assailed Murphy over his financial holdings of energy companies that own or operate pipelines. Wisniewski has called it a "devil's resume" of companies dedicated to exploiting natural resources.

Murphy says he will put the holdings into a blind trust if elected.

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