July 16th, 2009
09:03 AM ET
5 years ago

Campaigner in chief hits the trail

President Obama campaigns Thursday for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine.
President Obama campaigns Thursday for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama hits the campaign trail Thursday - not for himself, but for fellow Democrat Jon Corzine.

The president is the main attraction at a rally in Holmdel Township, New Jersey, for Gov. Corzine, who's fighting for re-election this year.

While Obama has headlined seven political fundraising events this year, this will be the first campaign rally he's attended for a fellow Democrat since taking over as president in January.

A poll of New Jersey voters released this week suggests Corzine trails Republican challenger Chris Christie, a former federal prosecutor, by 12 points. The same Quinnipiac University survey indicates that six out of 10 Garden State voters approve of the job Obama's doing as president.

The rally was originally scheduled to be held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, but the Corzine campaign says the event was moved to an outdoor amphitheater to accommodate a crowd larger than originally expected.

"The president looks to Gov. Corzine as a friend, somebody who was head of the campaign committee for Senate Democrats when he was running in 2004," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Wednesday.

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Filed under: Jon Corzine • New Jersey • President Obama
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. donttreadonme

    Campaigner in chief sums this guy up perfect. He is a 100% politician 0% Commander in Chief.

    July 16, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. cedgar

    Mr President,
    Could you please STOP campaigning! We the people have to
    pay for you to campaingn. You are due to run again until 2014 not 2012. I know you want to help raise money for your fellow Democrats,
    but you cost us the tax payers money to raise money!! See how
    stupid that is? That is like all American's giving money to whom you
    campaign for! Sir, we are broke and could use all extra funds to address more imporant issues.

    July 16, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Hugo

    Let's hope people in our country wake up and start cleaning out the hen house in 2010. A partisan cleaning of the house and senate, ousting ALL career politicians, breaking the back of the corrupt political network now existing in our Nations capitol!

    July 16, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  4. Maria - Proud Democrat

    I would like for CNN or any other News organization to investigate and find out how much of our tax payer money is being wasted campaigning?

    This is an outrageous display of Washington's inability to understand how the average American.

    Presidents and Vice Presidents should be PROHIBITED from using tax payer dollars to promote any political party whether Democrat or Republican.

    July 16, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  5. Fla.

    Again with the same rhetoric in a headline, CNN.

    Regardless, it is a president's prerogative to support his colleagues, just as they have supported him and previous administrations have done in the past.

    Also, it's interesting that NJ Republicans are not more upset with Christie for casting off Gov. Palin the way he did. It seems to be a trend amongst his ranks these days.

    July 16, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Matt

    Shouldn't he be doing his job as president trying to fix this mess instead of Campaigning for the former CEO of Goldman Sachs?

    July 16, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. sifto77

    I can't believe this guy! With the country on the brink of disaster–he is a perpetual campaigner. That tells me he does not know or care about the job he was hired to do . What a sham he is turning out to be–letting his staff run the country!

    July 16, 2009 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  8. Terry from West Texas

    I don't know why New Jersey-ites don't like Corzine. I do know that the last thing this nation needs is another Republican Senator. The second-to-last thing this nation needs is another Republican Governor.

    The goal of Conservative leaders is to prevent the nation from solving any of its problems. Conservative voters don't seem to understand this. They have fallen for the smaller government, free market, states' rights, economic deregulation philosophy, which might be OK except that Conservative leaders didn't mean any of that crap when they said it and they certainly never tried to implement it durng the two decades of power that they enjoyed in Congress.

    Q: How can you tell if a Conservative leader is lying?
    A: If he is breathing.

    July 16, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  9. coherent1

    I know, I know, Republican presidents can campaign for people they support, so can Democratic presidents. But, not President Obama. All 'other' presidents can have speech writers and teleprompters, just not President Obama.

    July 16, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  10. yuri

    The embattled, but enlightened, Guv. Corzine needs cozy convassin' by the big two, but hey, it will be a rat race and cut-throat competition for Corzine and if he pulls it off, it will be a providence. You just wait and watch, if there is enough patience and sustained interest.

    July 16, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  11. dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...oh, and for the " he can't speak a full sentence without his teleprompter" crowd I've got one letter for you: W. Now there was a 'gifted orator' who couldn't speak WITH a teleprompter, or notes; master of losing his train of thought (if he had one to begin with), and had difficulty pronouncing words in his native tongue. But he was funny....!!

    July 16, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. AJ

    Obama seems to be on the road on a self-aggrandizement mission. When will his ego be satisfied and when will the American public realize that they've been duped? As a democrat who chose to sit out the last election rather than vote for Obama or jump party and vote McCain, I feel vindicated judging from Obama's lack of performance thus far.

    July 16, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. lxm

    For the American People would you try WORKING that would be a "CHANGE" we could believe in!!!! Obama are you and your family going to use your grand health care program that you are CRAMING down our throats???? CNN ask the tough questions and get some real answers!!!!

    July 16, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Pat F

    This presidency is one big campaign – because Barry only has experience in campaigning, not governing.

    July 16, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. Susie

    When is this (president) going to get OFF the Trail???? Didn't he get the job? WHEN will he START IT??????

    July 16, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. Sue, Michigan

    I support the President, but I think he should be working in Washington right now. Let's get those unemployment numbers down even more. Let's work out the bad parts of the health care bill.

    July 16, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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