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N.J. Gov. Christie gives Republican Foley campaign help

Ebong Udoma

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie campaigned in Connecticut on Monday to rally support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley. Christie spoke to Foley supporters at Foley’s campaign headquarters in Trumbull.

He reminded the crowd that Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy defeated Foley by only 6,400 votes in their first contest for governor four years ago. “We want to make sure that we give the people of Connecticut a second chance. You see, four years ago, just by a little, they got it wrong. Just by a little. This year we are going to get it right and we are going to get it right by a lot on November 4th,” said Christie, who heads the Republican Governor’s Association.

Christie’s visit comes just as a new poll shows Malloy ahead of Foley for the first time this election season.

Foley discounts the Public Policy Polling survey. “We think this race is even. We’ve been saying that for over a month. And we are going to keep fighting until 8 p.m. on November 4th. And that will be the poll that matters,” he said.

The poll does say 50 percent of voters disapprove of the job Malloy is doing. Forty-nine percent of voters also have an unfavorable opinion of Foley. Pollsters say the dislike of both candidates helps explain why Independent candidate Joe Visconti is getting 9 percent of the vote. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

As WSHU Public Radio’s award-winning senior political reporter, Ebong Udoma draws on his extensive tenure to delve deep into state politics during a major election year.
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