President To Join Corzine At Rally

Updated July 10, 2009

HOLMDEL – Due to unexpected demand, the Corzine campaign is moving a July 16th rally to the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel. President Barack Obama is scheduled to join Gov. Jon Corzine at the rally, which was originally going to be held at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

Campaign staffers said they expected 3,000 – 5,000 people for the event at Rutgers, but there have been over 50,000 ticket requests. The arts center can accommodate 17,500 people, and supporters who are rejected this time will be placed on a “preferred reservation list,” campaign officials said.


The unpopular Democratic governor is hoping to cash in on the President’s public support. In a recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, Corzine trailed his Republican opponent Christopher Christie by six percent, with 15 percent undecided. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed had an unfavorable view of Corzine and only two thirds of Democrats supported the governor. Obama had a 61 percent approval rating, and 86 percent of Democrats approved of the job he’s doing.

“We are pleased to announce that President Obama will be on hand in New Jersey to recognize the important work we are doing. After eight years, it is great to have a partner in Washington with the same priorities as people across the state,” Corzine said when the event was announced.

“Together we are creating green jobs, providing universal access to healthcare for kids, protecting the most vulnerable among us, and ensuring all our children have access to a quality education regardless of where they live.

We are doing all of this despite a challenging worldwide economic recession, and I am proud of the great progress that President Obama and I have already made. We still have more to do, and with a partner in Washington who shares our values and priorities, I’m confident in what we can accomplish the next four years,” the governor added.

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