July 1st, 2009
02:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Campaigner-in-Chief to team up with Corzine

(CNN) - President Barack Obama's hitting the campaign trail later this month - not for himself, but for fellow Democrat Jon Corzine.

The New Jersey governor's re-election campaign team announced Wednesday that Corzine will be joined by Obama at a rally at Rutgers University in New Brunswick on Thursday, July 16. The White House confirmed the event.

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 new poll of New Jersey voters suggests this year's gubernatorial battle between incumbent Corzine and Republican challenger Chris Christie may be tightening up a bit.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University survey released Wednesday indicates that Christie has a 6 point lead, 45 percent to 39 percent, over Corzine, with 15 percent undecided. Christie had a 9 point lead over Corzine in a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll in April. But the poll also indicates that only one in four questioned say Corzine's doing good or excellent job as governor.

Christie, considered a moderate Republican, led Corzine by 10 points in a Quinnipiac University survey released earlier this month.

National Republicans are gunning for victories in New Jersey and Virginia, the other state with a gubernatorial contest this year, as they try to rebound from their poor showing in last year's elections. In Virginia, the Democratic governor is term-limited and can't run for re-election.

Filed under: CNN Polls • Jon Corzine • New Jersey • President Obama
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. John

    Back to doing what he is good at doing. Schmoozing the public. Great commubity activist!!!

    July 1, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Larry

    Obama is a Hero.

    Republican Party is a Zero. 😛

    July 1, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Renee

    Good Gawd! Doesn't he have enough on his plate? The economy is still in shambles. Is he taking Air Force one to the fundraiser? Of course. That's another 250,000 or so. We're doomed.

    July 1, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Joe in NJ

    Considering how Obama's ratings are slipping I would think Corzine isn't too happy for the endorsement.

    July 1, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. Tony

    TO: All Republicans – STOP CRITICIZING OBAMA

    Que: Who won the 100 Meters Track Olympic Gold Medal in 2008?
    Ans: Usain Bolt of Jamaica.
    Que: Who is the World Record Holder for 100 Meters ?
    Ans: Usain Bolt of Jamaica.
    Que: Names of some runners who did not even Qualify the Heats?
    Ans: Fabio Cerutti – Italy; Desislav Gunev- Bulgaria; Uchenna Emedolu- Nigeria; Sandro Viana- Brazil;
    Que: Now if these runners who did not qualify, start criticizing Usain Bolt and start teaching him how Usain should run a race, what will it be implied or construed?
    Ans: It will be implied and construed that these guys are nuts, crazy, and jerks.

    Theme of the story: Republicans are like those runners trying to criticize Obama who won the race like Usain Bolt.

    July 1, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  6. Terry

    Obama was never a Senator, he campained his entire term, since he has been president all he has done is campain. Congress has written and produced all the bills, which no one read including Obama. History is going to reflect very badly at the end of the day.

    July 1, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Margaret

    Obama never left the campaign trail and he never will. He is just a front man for the democrats in charge behind the screen. His purpose is to talk and convince those who don't think that he knows all the answers even though he doesn't understand the questions.

    Hey Dan, WHEN will the country be successful? When does it START getting good? Waiting, waiting,....

    Better not wish for a totalitarian government by eliminating the Republican party, dictators are at the head of one-party countries. You may want to review your WWII history.

    July 1, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. fred

    Steph, Obama also campaigned for Harry Reid in Las Vegas at a fundraiser the other week. That's just one example. There have been more as well. He's been campaigning a lot.

    July 1, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. Christine WA

    The President's job should be to stay in the White House read the bills that Congress passes (without reading) and solve our countries problem. He is the president already. He needs to do his job not play politics. Did Obama achieve what he hoped for to be the president, why not act as president instead of a campaign person. We lost jobs and still couldn't find any job - this is something that he should be working on not campaigning.

    July 1, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. jaye

    Thank you president Obama!

    July 1, 2009 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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