Gov. Jon Corzine ropes in Obama to help him win a close race in New Jersey. Obama will campaign for Corzine Wednesday night.
When President Obama travels to New Jersey Wednesday night, he might think he’s running for office in the Garden State because Gov. Jon Corzine (D), in an effort to win votes, has erected billboards extolling “Obama Corzine.”
“Corzine is trying to push the ties to himself and the president with Democratic voters,” says Patrick Murray, director of polling at the Monmouth University Polling Institute in New Jersey. “This is to get those Democratic voters disenchanted with Corzine and upset with high property taxes to forget about that and vote one for the team, headed by Barack Obama.”
Polls show the strategy is having an impact, says Mr. Murray. In August, a Monmouth/Gannett poll found 17 percent of Democratic voters planned to vote for the Republican Mr. Christie. In the latest poll released Tuesday, that was down to 8 percent.