October 20th, 2009
06:26 PM ET
5 years ago

Clinton stumps for Corzine

As Election Day approaches, Gov. Corzine is getting some high profile help on the campaign trail.
As Election Day approaches, Gov. Corzine is getting some high profile help on the campaign trail.

(CNN) - With two weeks left until Election Day, and Jon Corzine fighting for his political life, the New Jersey governor gets a helping hand from another big-name surrogate Tuesday night.

Former President Bill Clinton teams up with Corzine at a campaign event at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. It's the second of three straight days of Democratic heavyweights on the trail with the New Jersey governor: on Monday, Vice President Joe Biden teamed up with Corzine in New Jersey for the second time this month. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama headlines a Corzine rally in the Garden State.

A new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll suggests that Obama remains popular in the Garden State. The survey, released Tuesday, also indicates that Corzine is dead even with his Republican challenger, Chris Christie, the former federal prosecutor in New Jersey. Corzine, battling for his second term, trailed Christie over the summer - but just about every recent poll of likely New Jersey voters indicates that he's now pulled into a tie with Christie. The surveys also suggest that independent candidate Chris Daggett is making an impact, with support in the low double digits - more than enough to swing the race.

Christie gets some big-name help of his own next week. A source with the Christie campaign tells CNN that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will stand alongside the Republican challenger next week. Giuliani, along with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, have teamed up with Christie over the past few months.

For Clinton, the stops in New Jersey - he's also joined the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor candidate at a separate event - follow a visit to the gubernatorial campaign in Virginia. The former president lended a helping hand to Democrat Creigh Deeds, who trails Republican Bob McDonnell in recent polling in the battle for Virginia's governorship. The Democratic incumbent, Tim Kaine, who's also Democratic Party chairman, is term-limited and can't run for re-election.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national survey indicates that Clinton remains popular with most Americans. Nearly two-thirds of those questioned in the survey say they have a favorable opinion of the former president.


Filed under: Bill Clinton • Jon Corzine • New Jersey
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Marie in California

    Go Christie!

    But if Corzine wins, he should personally send a lovely "thank you" note and fruit and nut basket to Daggett.

    October 20, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Enough

    Are people really so stupid that they cast their vote because Clinton, Obama and Biden tell them too?

    October 20, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Mick

    9/11 will be there? Man how do I get in?!?!

    October 20, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Dennis in AZ

    It's always good to find out that the Corrupt (Clinton) are out stumping for the More Corrupt (Corzine). In the same way that I blame Montana for Max Baucus–I will blame New Jersey for whomever they elect. New Jersey has been one of the most corrupt states in the Union, lagging only behind Illinois, Louisiana, and New Mexico. It doesn't matter who they elect if they don't fix the problem. It was interesting to find out how much money New Jersey was getting to preserve 20 miles of coastline. I wonder how many veterans healthcare benefits had to be sacrificed so they could save NJ sand? Also, as a state, NJ protects illegal aliens which necessarily takes away jobs from our veterans and other Americans.

    October 20, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Debra, IN

    I hope Corzine wins in New Jersey. I'm always for the underdog. I'm for good vs. evil. I want the Good Democratics to win over the Evil Rethugs. Maybe I'm exagerating but not by much.

    They only care about themselves and big oil. I"m so over them. Move on America, we can do better.

    October 20, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. DAVE

    oh just fall on the sword that your boss has laid out so nicely for you with his ridiculous direction he wants to steer this country...... while your at it take the rest of the demorats with you....

    October 20, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, North Carolina

    The one thing Jon Corzine has going for him is he has a great beard, kinda like mine if I'm diligent about keeping it trimmed.

    October 20, 2009 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  8. Ridgeway

    James Carville, Corzine, Bella Abzug, Madeline Albright, Nancy Pelosi could all work in a haunted house on Halloween. Dude! It's like "I'm a Lib. Boo!" Ugly inside and out.

    October 20, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  9. New Jersey

    A Blue State!
    And We Will Stay That Way!

    October 20, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  10. fella from chicago

    New Jersey isn't even part of the United States. With all its criminal elements tied to the Democratic party it would be more of a natural fit over in Italy.

    October 20, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. zap01

    Welp, hope its a democrat winning, the republicans suck.

    October 20, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. Maria - Proud Democrat

    Too bad we don't have a better Democratic candidate running for Governor in New Jersey.

    Corzine has done a terrible job and will only continue to take New Jersey down the tubes.

    President Clinton is a good Democrat and normally I would listen and follow his lead, however, that will not be the case with Corzine.....he is bad for New Jersey.

    October 20, 2009 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. Jay T.

    Just like your buddy Obama, Corzine! One and done! And, unlike every other blowhard who makes this prediction, I am a professional wizard who really knows. And, Sam Raimi will be our next POTUS. Look him up. You'll see.

    October 20, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  14. zap01

    I guess it takes a village

    October 20, 2009 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |