Biden coming to New Jersey this week

Vice-President Joe Biden will join Gov. Corzine and U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) in New Jersey on Thursday, The Star-Ledger reports.

Biden will be in Lodi to inaugurate a road project paid for with federal stimulus funds.

Corzine emphasized that the purpose of the visit was to discuss how stimulus funds are being used, and not to aid his reelection campaign. He noted that Biden was recently in Minnesota for a similar event.

It is unclear whether Lodi's mayor, Marc Schrieks, will attend the event. Schrieks, the ex-chief of staff to disgraced former state Sen. Joseph Coniglio (D-Paramus), got some unwelcome media attention when he testified last month at Coniglio's corruption trial. Shrieks told the court that he sent two letters with Coniglio's signature to the Department of Human Services supporting grants to Hackensack University Medical Center, which had hired Coniglio as a consultant.

Biden coming to New Jersey this week