Lesniak: ‘Obama got off track with healthcare’

A key Democratic Party power player says President Barack Obama lapsed out of focus with healthcare over the past year, but trusts Obama’s ability to rebound.

“I’m happy he chose New Jersey to get back on track,” said state Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth).

“The issues are jobs and the economy,” Lesniak added. “I understand that healthcare is related to jobs, but it’s one step removed from the issue. He certainly took a step back this year. I wouldn’t say he lost the year. A step back, but listen, this is the best counter puncher and recovery guy this side of Bill Clinton.”

The president’s reboot in Edison this afternoon comes a year after he stood onstage with then-Gov. Jon Corzine as part of a three-event strategy meant to boost Corzine back into office. At the PNC Bank Center, Obama launched into the healthcare issue with Corzine standing behind him.

Lesniak: ‘Obama got off track with healthcare’