Let the Campaigns Begin – But Separately

By Gorman Gorman

Jun 16, 2009 6:06pm

ABC News' Elizabeth Gorman reports:

Now that the June primaries in Virginia and New Jersey are behind us, the national political organizations charged with winning gubernatorial seats for their respective parties are beginning to sketch out the contours of the 2009 general election playing field.

Today, the two parties avoided a head-on confrontation by focusing on different states.

On the same day the Democratic Governor’s Association claimed higher polling numbers and a stronger base of support in Virginia for Democratic Creigh Deeds against Republican Bob McDonnell, the Republican Governor’s Association was gunning for Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) in New Jersey.

"Bob McDonnell is coming out of this primary weaker than the Democratic nominee, which is something that very few of us would've predicted six months ago," said Emily
DeRose of the DGA.

The RGA launched two attack ads in the Garden State, on behalf of Republican Chris Christie as part of a weeks long campaign casting Corzine as a dishonest Wall Street banker who failed to bring jobs to New Jersey.

"Corzine: Watch what he does, not what he says," is the slogan in the RGA ads.

In last week’s Quinnipiac University poll, Christie was leading Gov. Corzine.

Virginia and New Jersey are home to the two marquee electoral contests of 2009.  Republicans are looking to both gubernatorial campaigns as the place where their political comeback may begin.

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