President Barack Obama, who last week came to New Jersey to campaign for Gov. Corzine, wrote a letter in support of him today.
Those close to Gov. Corzine say that the promulgation of the letter today is evidence that he will not cave to pressure to drop out of the race, despite reported pressure from some Democrats to do so in the wake of yesterday’s corruption busts that snared dozens of public officials and politicians – most of them Democrats.
Instead, the letter focuses on the economy, calling Corzine “a fighter for middle class.”
“We live in challenging times. Now more than ever, we need leaders with the strength to make tough decisions and the courage to do the right thing — leaders who bring people together for a common purpose, and fight for the most vulnerable among us. Jon is one of those leaders,” read the letter.
Below is the full text of the letter:
Last Thursday, I visited Holmdel, NJ to stand with a great leader for New Jersey — your governor, Jon Corzine. Jon and I were joined by thousands of people like you who share our commitment to building a better future for New Jersey and our nation.
We live in challenging times. Now more than ever, we need leaders with the strength to make tough decisions and the courage to do the right thing — leaders who bring people together for a common purpose, and fight for the most vulnerable among us. Jon is one of those leaders.
I'm proud to have Jon as a partner as we all work to get our economy back on track, and I hope to work with him for years to come. But if I learned one thing from my campaign last year, it's that none of us can do it alone. It will take thousands of people like you coming together and working as one to build a better future for New Jersey.
Today, I'm hoping you'll stand with me to support a bold leader for New Jersey. Please volunteer for Jon's campaign today.
The people of New Jersey know the cost of this economic crisis. The past months have not been easy, and weathering this storm has tested our spirit and required great sacrifice. But in Jon, you have a governor who has built consensus to help families get through it, while putting the state on a path to long-term prosperity.
In trying times, Jon is a fighter for the middle class. He created a strong economic recovery plan designed to retain and attract business, instituted major reforms to ease unfair property tax burdens across the state, and made critical investments in schools and transportation infrastructure that will leave New Jersey stronger and more competitive in the years to come.
I know Jon's not done yet. We have a lot more work to do. Jon has set New Jersey in the right direction, and if you stand with him — and with me — the time and effort we invest today will pay off ten fold in the better New Jersey we'll build together.
The stakes in this election are high, so I'm asking you to do your part — volunteer for Jon's campaign today.
President Barack Obama