Next town hall: Irvington

VOORHEES – In what may be a response to a charge that he only holds his town hall meetings in friendly territory, Gov. Chris Christie will take on those critics Thursday by visiting a city he lost overwhelmingly in elections: Irvington.

The small, densely populated Essex County municipality is heavily Democratic and African-American.

In fact, Christie pointed out that he only received 4.7 percent of the vote there in his 2009 gubernatorial election.

The Star-Ledger had reported last year that Christie tended to hold his town halls in largely homogenous municipalities whose median income is above the state average.

However, last year, Christie did visit Chesilhurt in South Jersey, which is also predominantly African-American, and Union Township, which is very diverse.

Next town hall: Irvington