Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), the right-wing hero who shouted “You lie!” during President Obama’s speech to Congress, is headed to New Jersey this Sunday to get out the vote for Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie — but Christie certainly won’t be there.
The rally was organized by local Tea Party activists, not the Christie campaign. It will be held in the Republican stronghold of Morris County, which voted 54%-46% for John McCain even as the state went 57%-42% for Obama.
The rally’s organizer pointed out that Christie won’t be coming, even though “he’s only going to be half a mile away.”
It should be noted that Christie is not having Republican names known for their right-wing credentials campaigning for him in this socially liberal and Democratic state. He’s sticking to safer names like Rudy Giuliani, or moderate former Governors Tom Kean and Christie Whitman. The most conservative he’s going is Tim Pawlenty, who is much less scary to New Jersey than a guy like Wilson.