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. munchmom

    He's better at campaigning than he is at being president...he can keep lying and not do any work, rather than having to actually implement what he lied about!

    (CNN...will ya post this one??)

    July 16, 2009 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  2. audacity of a dope

    The name needs to be changed to "Campaigner and Thief"

    July 16, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  3. Candy West Virginia

    Corzine like most of this country inherited a financial disaster thanks to bush and the rethuglicans. He has tried to do his best under these horrible circumstances. Why anyone would still want to vote republican is beyond me.

    July 16, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  4. pakuna

    he needs to concern himself with the American people instead of the democrat party. so much for what he said in his speeches.

    July 16, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Come and save the day for Corzine Mr. President. Once you're done up there, come to VA and help Deeds out.

    July 16, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Not related to this, but -

    I just saw an ad against healthcare reform that is knocking tax on sugar drinks. It says

    "Taxes don't make people healthy"

    I thought it to be strange, because when they raised taxes on tobacco products, it was to 'MAKE PEOPLE HEALTHY'.

    Which is it?

    July 16, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. Enlightened Voter

    This country was left in shambles by the former administration and republicans. Why anyone would even consider voting for a republican is amazing. They are not small gov or fiscally responsible unless of course when it comes to helping out this country then all of sudden they get real cheap. But mention war or rebuilding a foreign country or bailing out the banks and they are all for it. DISGUSTING!

    July 16, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. Bert Furlong

    What's wrong with the thinking of the people of NJ that 6 out of 10 would approve of the job Obama is doing! Obama is burying them in taxes/inflation/debt as well as he is burying the supposed 4 out of 10 opposing him in NJ.

    July 16, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  9. Bold move

    Big mistake.

    Jon Corzine cut a huge amount of our funding and Rutgers students and faculty are not happy with him. I wish I could post the email that everyone received from the University President because he was mo pissed.

    It's simple to say that everyone who goes will be going for Obama and only libs will be voting for Jon "tax and spend" Corzine in November. Everyone else is sick of him.

    It's just too bad I couldn't go with the Rutgers Republican Club to protest for change in New Jersey. As Obama said last year, "We need a fundamental change on all levels of government."

    Hey Obama, ur doin' it wrong!

    July 16, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. jm

    Oh please. Stop campaigning and start governing. Enough already!

    July 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    Obama, you would do yourself well to say as far away from this clown as you possibly can.

    In the meantime, I'll anxiously await a comment from Dutch in Bad Newz, VA along the line of "Don't worry, Gov. Corzine... the president is on his way to save the day".

    July 16, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. ugogrl

    The people of New Jersey have to re_elect the former governor if they want to survive at all! For the last C years Bush have lower taxes, and left us with a deficit in which President Obama inherited! It's going to take time to fix this mess! Bush was for the wealthy while taxing the mess out of the middle class. See the GOP don't care about The will of the American people, but the democrats do with the help of Obama! The party of no resolutions need to shut up or put up and that's the bottom line period! No more GOP running the country we can get back to a strong economy like in the Clinton years! Yes We Can!! obama and biden 2012!

    July 16, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  13. Government Handout

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

    Campaigner in Chief!

    You tell him CNN.

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha

    July 16, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  14. gt

    thats all this guy knows is to be a campaining rock star ,,,, we dont need another micheal jackson we need another harry truman...get to work getting this country back to work,,,,plus like corzine is a looser ....

    July 16, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  15. Dennis

    He's a great campaigner. Leading? That's a compleelly different story.

    July 16, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  16. Helene

    I think this president is doing his part to make sure the Dems keep control of the Senate, House and White House. I wish others would step up to the plate.

    July 16, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. RR

    If Corzine was doing a good job, this wouldn't be necessary.

    July 16, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. makesUwonder

    This President is a joke. I could on forever about him, but I'm so disgusted with him I don't want to think about it because it will only ruin my day!

    July 16, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. fellow from Chicago

    This guy isn't a President, he's a salesman and he sold America a load of crap.

    July 16, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  20. Jobe

    He ought to focus on being a full time campaigner because he us lacking as a president.

    July 16, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  21. jaye

    We're with you, President Obama! Also with you too, Joe!!!

    July 16, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. IndyVoter

    CNN – Please stop using the term "Campaigner in Chief" to describe the President! The Republicans have been constantly calling the President that in a disparaging manner to dissuade him from trying to engage citizens and motivate them to be more active, to help counter the influence of lobbyist by communicating with their Representatives, and generally to be more aware of what is going on in Washington. I don't think its responsible of you to continue to use the term when you know it casts the President in a negative light.

    Additionally, you have used "______-In-Chief" on several of your articles titles and its starting to get old. I am confident that you are creative enought not to keep using the same concepts to create a catchy article title. Also, please, no more made up "_OTUS" terms like, FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States) or TOTUS (teleprompter of the United States). Its really getting stale.

    Thanks. Have a nice day!

    July 16, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Chris D.

    NJ is stuck.....the GOP candidate sucks......and Corzine is having a bad term......it's funny though, the GOP usually totes s pro-business candidate....that candidate is w/o a doubt Corzine......To me I really don't see him losing to Christie......unless New Jersey is extremely disappointed in Corzine.....I just don't think Christie is ready for New Jersey.

    July 16, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  24. southerncousin

    He wants to make sure more thieves and thugs are elected. I notice Rangel is going to tax the rich to pay for the Obamatron health care. What ever happened to that investigation Pelosi was going to conduct regarding him not paying taxes? Is that going to turn out to be Dick Cheney and the republicans fault like the CIA lies she told?

    July 16, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. Obama=disaster

    Geez, Will this man get to work?? The economy is in the toilet and he's trying to kill us with the new and destroyed health care plan he is pushing and he is out campaigning!! Seems to be more comfortable on the campaign trail than in the office...............wonder why that is, he got in a little over his head becoming president!!

    July 16, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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