A Chris Christie internet video released today likens his campaign’s message to President Obama’s, while a Jon Corzine web ad from three days ago ties Christie to former President George W. Bush with his own words.
In Christie’s video, titled “Mr. President” and timed to coincide with Obama’s rally for Corzine today, several Obama speeches are cut together over solemn piano music and images of impoverished parts of New Jersey, including Camden’s Transition City, which Christie has raised on the stump. In the audio clips, Obama calls for an end to partisan rancor, calls the financial crisis a “direct result of the greed and irresponsibility that has dominate Washington and Wall Street for years now” and talks about challenging “the money and influence that stood in our way.”
“New Jerseyans are still fighting for change,” reads the text at theend of the ad.
A Rasmussen poll released yesterday put Obama’s approval rating in New Jersey rightside up at 53% approve to 39% disapprove.
In Corzine’s spot – his most watched internet-only ad, at close to 16,000 views – Christie’s comments are cut out and allowed to stand on their own. At a press conference the Corzine campaign says took place on March 26, 2007, Christie, then the state’s U.S. Attorney, says “Listen, I plead guilty to having raised money for Governor George W. Bush because I thought he was the best person to be President of the United States.”
The video highlights Christie’s comment that “Anybody who receives a political appointment — I am a political appointee — there’s going to be some measure of politics involved with that appointment.”