NEW JERSEY

Keeping His Distance

Obama not planning to campaign for Christie opponent.

Aug. 26, 2013, 6:40 a.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama “has no plans to cam­paign on be­half of” state Sen. Bar­bara Buono (D), who con­tin­ues to badly trail Gov. Chris Christie (R) in the polls. (AP)

Buono’s cam­paign “ex­pressed no dis­ap­point­ment with the news Fri­day, and it em­phas­ized that the White House has not ruled out an ap­pear­ance with Buono — one just isn’t cur­rently planned.” (Ber­gen Re­cord)

HE’S NOT THE ONLY ONE: Na­tion­al Demo­crats “largely taken a pass” on the race, “de­cid­ing their money is bet­ter spent else­where or that there are more in­vit­ing tar­gets at the mo­ment than a Re­pub­lic­an who em­braced” Obama last year in the wake of Hur­ricane Sandy. “The Demo­crat­ic Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee, which is still op­er­at­ing in the red and without an ex­ec­ut­ive dir­ect­or, has not made a ma­jor in­vest­ment there. Or­gan­iz­ing for Ac­tion, the rollover of Pres­id­ent Obama’s cam­paign ap­par­at­us, is adam­ant that it’s not do­ing par­tis­an polit­ics and hasn’t got­ten in­volved, either. … The Demo­crat­ic Gov­ernors As­so­ci­ation is un­likely to in­vest in the race un­less it gets close — which is not im­possible, but hard to see hap­pen­ing with about 80 days left. And there’s little evid­ence the group sees its mis­sion as knee-cap­ping a po­ten­tial 2016 front-run­ner.” (Politico)

Buono wasn’t the first choice of the state or na­tion­al party. After Ne­wark May­or Cory Book­er (D) and sev­er­al oth­er Demo­crats passed on the race, she emerged as the con­sensus can­did­ate by de­fault. Giv­en that and Christie’s huge ad­vant­age in the polls, it’s no sur­prise that she’s re­ceiv­ing lim­ited help.  But Demo­crats are miss­ing out a golden op­por­tun­ity to stunt Christie’s mo­mentum as he pre­pares for a 2016 pres­id­en­tial run.

FIRST TIME, LONG TIME: Christie guest-hos­ted WFAN’s “Boomer & Car­ton” show on Monday. Christie is filling in for host Boomer Esais­on, who is on va­ca­tion. The gov­ernor, “a fre­quent caller to the Boomer & Car­ton pro­gram,” pre­vi­ously guest-hos­ted in May, 2011. (WFAN)
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