October 23rd, 2009
06:19 PM ET
5 years ago

First on the Ticker: Obama to make final push for Corzine

Obama is making his third trip to New Jersey for Jon Corzine.
Obama is making his third trip to New Jersey for Jon Corzine.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Barack Obama will head back to New Jersey next weekend to campaign for Gov. Jon Corzine, who is in jeopardy of losing his re-election bid, CNN has learned.

"The Corzine campaign is excited to announce the president will be back in New Jersey on Sunday, November 1st making two stops in the state," Corzine campaign manager Maggie Moran told CNN Friday in a telephone interview.

Recent polling shows Corzine locked in a tight battle with Republican nominee Chris Christie. Obama’s appearance comes two days before New Jersey voters head to the polls in one of two high-profile gubernatorial contests in 2009. Obama has also visited Virginia on behalf of Democrat Creigh Deeds, who is trailing Republican Bob McDonnell in the race for governor.


Filed under: Jon Corzine • New Jersey • President Obama
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. chris c

    Dont bother. Chris Christie will be our next Governor.

    October 23, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  2. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    If President Obama puts Corzine over the top, the Blue Dogs better pay very. very close attention to the clout President Obama can and will or will not provide.

    You do not want to piss off the party leader.

    October 23, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  3. Eric in Denver

    The only thing more pathetic than voting for Al Franken would be a vote for Jon Corzine. This man has raised your taxes to some of the higher levels that exist in this country. When he took over NJ had an unemployment rate hovering around 5% and it is now over 10% and he is doing nothing to help. He has raised property taxes as well. Somebody please list one of his accomplishments on this blog I beg of you. The people that vote for this clown are the same people that have a favorable opinion of the president who as we all know has zero accomplishments since being elected.

    October 23, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Enough

    Campaigner in chief at it again. I thought we hired Obama to run the country...........not pay him to constantly campaign. This transparent white house needs to disclose how much of OUR money he has spent campaigning for fellow Democrats instead of doing the job we hired him to do. He would have been fired.

    October 23, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Eric in Denver

    What a perfect combination 2 people with zero accomplishments that love to spend other people's money.

    October 23, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. MJ

    Gosh ... More campaigning. Not like there is anything else to take care of. What about our troops in Afghanistan? What is going on behind "Closed Doors" regarding our Health Care? Where are the jobs that were promised? Having Obama campaign for Corzine is only going to insure his defeat.

    October 23, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Diane

    Good, I hope Corzine has a better chance with the president's endorsement. I would vote for him if I could.

    October 23, 2009 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  8. Voter

    shouldn't Obama be working a little harder to make decisions about Afghanistan? He was recently in San Francisco, now he is campaigning? I am so disappointed in the president. The scary part is, that because of his performance (or lack of), we may have the republicans back (majority) in 2010. This is a sad state of affairs.

    October 23, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. Rose

    There he goes again with his portable teleprompters. He needs to stop making these trips with our tax dollars to further he own agenda of getting Dems. elected. CHANGE WE CAN'T BELIEVE IN

    October 23, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  10. Mike P

    I like President Obama and think he's doing a good job so far. But I strongly oppose this idea of the chief representative of the federal government trying to influence a state government's election. And this President has done it again and again. STAY THE HELL OUT!! The federal government has far too much power already, they need to leave state residents alone to make their decisions. The beauty of this nation is that we have state and local governments that reflect the makeup of the local population and their values. If you don't like the way your town/state is governed, you can try your best to vote 'em out, run for office, or (the easiest option) move elsewhere. If the federal government keeps growing to the point where state/local differences become indistinguishable, and you don't like it – good luck. Your vote at the federal level barely counts, you can't run for office unless your part of one of the Demo/Repub machines, and you've got nowhere to run.

    October 23, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. Biased

    And if Corzine were to lose, can it blamed on Obama since he hustled there so often for votes?

    October 23, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  12. Bren

    The Republican is going to win in Virginia--let us HOPE that the Republican wins in New Jersey as well. The Republican is leading by about 4 points based on the national polls--Rasmussen, Gallup, etc.---but too close to call.

    However, there are many who are now supporting the Independent, who might end up voting for the Republican when it is actually time to vote--as they DEFINITELY do not want the Democrat. Even if the Republican does not end up winning--but comes in very close-–it is still sending a message, as New Jersey is a Democrat stronghold state.

    It would be WONDERFUl, if the Republican wins in both Virginia and New Jersey!!!!

    October 23, 2009 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. mjm

    Must be a fun job campaigning all the time.

    You think he'd have something better to do with his time. After all, this is a GOVENOR'S race, not the senate or house.

    Enjoy it while it lasts Obama. You'll be out in 2012.

    October 23, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Albo58

    If New Jersey wants to continue paying higher taxes, by all means vote for that proven failure, Corzine!

    October 23, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  15. HUGO

    Another kiss of death from the Whitehouse, RIP Corzine.....

    October 23, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |