Obama builds up Corzine, pans Christie as a ‘trickle-down’ apologist

NEWARK – Wading through the "I love you's" as he stands at the microphone on a raised platform in the middle of the Rock, President Barack Obama derides the opposition as an outfit selling a failed economic model.

"That didn't start under Jon's watch's orunder my watch," Obama says of the national recession. "I wasn't sworn in yet. There's a little selective memory going on; a little amnesia about how we got into this mess.

"We're in this because of the same trickle-dwn economics the otherguy's party has been peddling for years," he adds, praising incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine as a "leader who's put ordinary folks ahead of politics.".

In the 2008presidential contest in New Jersey, 900,000 more voters than the usual 1.2 million that catapult a statewide candidate to victory turned outfor Obama.

"We will not lose this electionif all of you are as committed as you were last year," Obama tells the roaring crowd.

At the end of the speech, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck) and Newark Mayor Cory Booker join Obama and Corzine onstage. Obama builds up Corzine, pans Christie as a ‘trickle-down’ apologist