Christie issues a message to Obama

Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie put out a web video this afternoon welcoming President Barack Obama to New Jersey.

“I’d like to extend a warm New Jersey welcome to you, Mr. President. Thanks for taking time out to come and visit our great state,” said Christie.

Obama is coming to Monmouth County tomorrow to hold a rally with Gov. Corzine, who consistently lags behind Christie in the polls — often by double digits.

In the video, Christie equated the “change” that Obama ran on last year with his own candidacy.

“Last year, when you ran for president, your campaign gave people great hope that change could come to America, and people voted for that change. But you know, your election didn’t end the peoples’ hunger for change here in New Jersey. People understand that high taxes, high spending, overzealous regulation and lost jobs is not the way they want New Jersey’s future to be. They know that to get the change we need in New Jersey, we have to start by changing governors,” he said.

Christie also said he hopes that Obama listens to Bruce Springsteen and checks out the Jersey Shore.

While Obama's visit is certain to dominate the state's political news coverage for the day, Christie will be in Perth Amboy to promote his urban revitalization plan.

Christie issues a message to Obama