WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama will return to New Jersey next week for a late campaign trail appearance with Gov. Jon Corzine, the Democratic governor's campaign announced Wednesday.
Obama and Corzine will appear at a rally at Faireleigh Dickinson University next Wednesday, October 21.
Over the summer, Corzine - one of the president's most active surrogates during the 2008 campaign - became the first Democratic candidate to benefit from a campaign visit since Obama took office.
Corzine could use a hand. He's clawed his way back from a chronic deficit, but remains in a dead heat with Republican opponent Chris Christie in the Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday. Forty percent of likely voters in the state say they'll back the Democratic incumbent, with 41 percent supporting former Attorney General Christie. Twelve percent say they'll vote for independent candidate Christopher Daggett.
Corzine's campaign stressed his Obama ties early, with ads and billboards featuring the two men together. "Keep it going" read one billboard unveiled earlier this year. "Obama Corzine."
Obama's appearance next week with Corzine will come the day after he is expected to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in New York City.