In the suburbs, Christie doubles down on Essex

Gov. Chris Christie headed again into the Essex County suburbs today with a train of his favorite Democrats, including Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo and Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura.

The Republican governor, an Essex native, received 27% of the vote here in 2009 and he’s looking to increase that percentage.

He’s horning into local races Caldwell and Bloomfield, and receiving more Democratic support in return.

“He’s working hard and connecting in every community here,” said state Sen. Kevin O’Toole (R-40), a fierce Christie ally. “He’s an Essex boy with a lot of relationships here – his childhood, as the U.S. Attorney, so he’s very welcomed in Essex.”

Today’s bear-hugging occurred at a veterans and senior citizens event.