Obama Stumps for Corzine

Calls NJ governor key to his own agenda
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 1, 2009 9:21 PM CST
President Barack Obama arrives at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, and walks with New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, left, before a campaign stop in Camden, N.J.    (Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – In a final campaign swing on behalf of the only governor seeking re-election this fall, President Obama today pitched Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine's bid as key to the White House's ability 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, blaming GOP leadership and lax regulations for the economic crisis that has savaged New Jersey, and dismissing GOP candidate Chris Christie's criticism of Corzine. Their race is seen as a tossup, and a poll released today found Christie and Corzine neck and neck, 43% to 42%. "It wasn't a consequence of Obama policies or Corzine policies that we went into this hole," the president said during a raucous stop in Camden. "There seems to be some selective memory going on here." I