New Jersey In a final campaign swing on behalf of the only governor seeking re-election this fall, President Barack Obama on Sunday pitched Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine’s bid as a key component for the White House to make good on its political promises.
“He’s one of the best partners I have in the White House. We work together,” Obama said. “We know our work is far from over.”
Obama drew 6,500 people at a rally in Camden and another 11,000 later in Newark, according to White House estimates. He urged supporters to work hard to give Corzine another term in office so he can work with Washington to help repair a brittle economy. A Corzine loss would be seen as a political embarrassment for the White House.
Obama tagged Republican leadership and lax regulations for the economic crisis and dismissed GOP candidate Chris Christie’s criticism of Corzine. Their race is seen as a tossup, and a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey Poll released Sunday found Christie backed by 43 percent of likely voters and Corzine by 42 percent.
“It wasn’t a consequence of Obama policies or Corzine policies that we went into this hole,” the president said during a raucous campaign stop.