NJ Governor Chris Christie Campaigns for Republicans in MississippiBy Daniel Cherry | Published 03 Nov 2011 09:32pm |
As the candidates for governor are in their last days of campaigning MPB's Daniel Cherry reports how New Jersey's governor Chris Christie is in Mississippi trying to energize the Republican voting base before election day.
On the Hinds Community College Campus in Pearl, every Republican seeking statewide office joined Governor Haley Barbour and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on stage. In the conservative stronghold of Rankin County, they didn't meet any opposition, but they reminded their voting base to get out the vote. Governor Christie says they're hoping to send a message nationally.
"We want to continue to keep positive momentum. We had a great year in 2009. We elected me and and Bob McDonnell, 2010 took back the House of Representatives. A whole number of governorships across the country. Now we want to keep that momentum going in 2011 so when 2012 comes we're ready to replace Barack Obama."
He warned Republican voters to not get overconfident about November 8th when Republican Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant faces Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree, a Democrat, for governor. Bryant recently told MPB News there are ideological differences voters should know about the campaigns.
"I don't like to say anything that might appear that we're being negative, but the truth of the matter is, I'm a conservative Republican. There are distinct differences about where we're at. This is going to be a classic campaign of conservative vs. liberal ideas."
By most standards, DuPree wouldn't be considered a hard-line liberal, but when Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz campaigned for DuPree earlier this month she said the road to Obama's reelection runs through Mississippi. Republicans took notice, but DuPree recently said he's not going to get caught up in the national politics.
"I'm talking about the issues. If he wants to talk about President Obama, I'll leave that up to him. I want to talk about the issues."
When Governor Barbour chaired the Republican Governors Association in 2009, the RGA pumped millions into New Jersey to help Christie unseat Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.
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