WASHINGTON (CNN)– The heated race for Governor in New Jersey is about to get a whole lot tougher in the final 10 days, according to the campaigns of Gov. Jon Corzine and Republican candidate Chris Christie.
Both campaigns will be doubling down on events to get their message out, but they are also counting on a last-minute boost from top party leaders.
President Barack Obama will head back to New Jersey next Sunday to campaign for Corzine, and former President Bill Clinton will be in the state Tuesday for two events with the governor.
"We have a lot of events and a myriad of guests," Corzine campaign manager Maggie Moran told CNN in a phone interview. Others scheduled to campaign are various Cabinet secretaries, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Moran said the campaign will be focused on targeting specific demographic groups that might not normally vote in a non-presidential election year.
"You will see a series of literally hundreds of events going on in different counties in New Jersey," Moran said.
According to Christie's senior campaign adviser Mike DuHaime, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will join Christie in New Jersey sometime next weekend for multiple campaign stops.
In a phone interview, DuHaime said the campaign is going to focus in the final days on Christie's differences with Corzine.
"I think what you're going to see is continued contrast on the biggest issue that's facing this state and that's the taxes," he said.
Both campaigns said they have plans to release a few last-minute ads highlighting the contrast between the candidates.
On Wednesday, Christie is embarking on a 7-day bus tour that will have between 8 and 10 stops per day.
Late October polls show Corzine and Christie polling neck-and-neck, while Independent candidate Chris Daggett continues to make gains, primarily peeling support away from the Republican challenger.
Both campaigns say they will put a big focus on their get-out-the vote efforts on Election Day
"We will be bustling with activity," the Christie campaign’s DuHaime said, adding he expects "hundreds of people if not thousands … will be knocking on doors and making phone calls" on election day.
The Corzine campaign says it will be out in full force, too. Moran said the campaign plans to have "10,000 canvassers knocking on hundreds of thousands of doors predominantly in 8 counties and some additional communities as well."