On a conference call with reporters just now, the Christie campaign offered a pre-rebuttal to Jon Corzine's campaign stops this week with Vice President Biden (today), former President Bill Clinton (tomorrow) and President Obama (Wednesday) -- that Corzine is trying to use national Democratic star power in order to distract from the real issues that have made New Jersey such a mess.
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Corzine has caught up with Christie in the polls, after having trailed by severe margins all year long, and the race is now a dead heat with some polls having Corzine ahead and Christie up in others. In addition to attacks on Christie's health care proposals -- which have given Corzine a lot of mileage -- Corzine is essentially using New Jersey's fundamental Democratic leanings and the popularity of the Obama brand in the state to give him a boost in the home stretch.
"After the spotlights are turned off, the old Clinton economic team is gonna be gone, and other people in the Obama administration that people admire are gonna be gone," said state Sen. Joe Kyrillos, "and we're gonna be left with Jon Corzine, if he is governor again, and four more years of the same."