Former US President Barack Obama Campaigns for New Jersey Governors’ Race


Former US President Barack Obama will make a campaign appearance on Saturday with New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who faces a challenge from Republican Jack Ciattarelli.

Mr. Obama also campaigned for Mr. Murphy in 2017, at a time when voter fraud hysteria and fake news had robbed many potential voters.

“We reject a politics of fear,” Mr. Obama said at the time.

“Some of the policies that we’re seeing now, we thought we’d put that aside. We are in the 21st century, not the 19th century.

The Democratic incumbent is ahead of Mr Ciattarelli by 50% to 41%, according to a Stockton University poll. But that doesn’t allow Democrats to rest on laurels.

Jill Biden, the first lady, campaigned there on Oct. 15, saying that “this election would set the course in a year” on her first political trip as her husband’s presidency.

Speaking at an early voting rally at Middlesex College in Edison, New Jersey, Ms. Biden applauded on stage for It’s my life by New Jersey musician and Biden supporter Jon Bon Jovi.

“We cannot become complacent. We have to get down to business, ”Ms. Biden said.

The loudest applause from the event came when Ms. Biden joked, “Hello, it’s Friday. So go have a beer and go vote.

Mr. Obama will also be campaigning tomorrow for Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial election, where polls almost show a tie between Mr. McAuliffe and Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin.

In Virginia in particular, which President Joe Biden won last year with a comfortable 10%, a loss in the gubernatorial race could cause problems for Democrats in the mid-term of 2022, when control of Congress is likely to pass. to Republicans.

Mr Biden’s approval ratings have fallen to some of the lowest levels of his White House term amid congressional struggles over infrastructure and voting rights.

Agencies contributed to this story

Update: October 24, 2021, 5:38 a.m.


Kevin E. Boling