The Washington Times - July 6, 2009, 02:02PM

President Obama next week will join New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine for a rally at Rutgers.


Corzine faces a tough reelection bid this fall, when just two states (New Jersey and Virginia) hold gubernatorial elections. 


The endorsement is likely to give the governor a boost, though Corzine had been a fervent supporter of then-Sen. Hillary Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primary.



Corzine blogged in a note to supporters that he considers the president “a close friend” and partner:


Vice President Biden was already here and got our campaign started with a bang. On July 16th, President Barack Obama will join me at Rutgers University in New Brunswick to help to kick our campaign into a whole new gear. 

After eight long years, we finally have a partner in Washington who shares our values and vision for a more progressive New Jersey.

But 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 in the next four years.


Virginia Democrats say a presidential campaign trip for state Sen. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee for governor, is likely to come soon.


Last week when Obama was in Northern Virginia for a health care town hall, Deeds was campaigning in Williamsburg. 


During the event’s introduction, Obama thanked Gov. Tim Kaine, his friend who he named as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and freshman Sen. Mark Warner and the other members of Congress in attendance.


He didn’t name or offer praise for Deeds, the gubernatorial candidate who is behind in fundraising and name recognition after winning the nomination in a 3-way Democratic primary.


It is possible the president did not want to engage in political activity during an official policy event since the town hall was about health care. Former President Bush used to keep such events separate.


When Deeds beat former Delegate Brian Moran and former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe in the primary, Obama did ask Virginians to support the new nominee.


The president also spoke to Deeds on the phone, telling the Democrat he is “committed to helping him win this November.” The previously deep-red Virginia turned into a battleground state in recent years, and voters backed Obama in both the primary and general election in 2008.


But Deeds’ GOP rival, former Attorney General Bob McDonnell, will have plenty of help as well. The Post speculated Monday Sarah Palin will likely be coming to the Old Dominion along with a host of other top national Republicans.


Also worth noting, the president’s star power is still valuable, as evidenced by Sen. Chris Dodd’s Twitter feed.



Dodd used to have as his profile image a photo of himself at the dais leading one of his Banking Committee hearings. 


But the embattled Connecticut Democrat recently switched it to this image of a friendly moment at the White House.



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— Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent, 
The Washington Times

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