Welcome to the Garden State, Mr. President

Jul 16, 2009 3:41pm

ABC News’ Sarah Tobianski reports:

In preparation for President Obama’s afternoon fundraiser and rally for Democratic Governor Jim Corzine, Republican opponent Chris Christie posted this welcome on his campaign website.

In the video, Christie plays on Obama’s presidential campaign promise of change, saying that New Jersey voters know that if they want change, they will have to change governors.

“Last year, when you ran for president, your campaign gave people great hope that change could come to America, and people voted for that change,” Christie said.  “But you know, your election didn’t end the people’s hunger for change here in New Jersey.  People understand that high taxes, high spending, overzealous regulation and lost jobs is not the way they want New Jersey’s future to be.”

Christie also encourages Obama to experience some of New Jersey’s finest during his stopover – Bruce Springsteen tunes and taffy at the Jersey Shore. 

President Obama is going to use his popularity in the Garden State – where he has a 60 percent approval rating – to raise money and drum up support for the incumbent governor, who is trailing 12 percentage points in recent polls and is losing the independent vote. Corzine was ahead 42-36 percent in last November’s match-ups but his numbers started to drop earlier this year.

Christie, who started the race largely unknown, left his post as U.S. Attorney at the end of last year. He captured the Republican nomination last month and a win could provide a significant boost to the Republican party.

– Sarah Tobianksi


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