Up until now it’s been tough to tell which of the two gubernatorial candidates was the Democrat, at least based on the endorsements received.
Gov. Chris Christie has spent the spring and early summer rolling out a conga line of Democratic mayors and other assorted elected officials who support him, and he has gained unprecedented support from the state’s trade unions.
But now Christie is looking to dig into the heart of his base and is seeking support from the state’s Republican mayors. Campaign staffers have begun recruiting mayors for a roll-out later this election season, asking them to sign a form in support of the governor.
To date, Christie has received little in the way of Republican support as the campaign tactic early on was to delve into the Democratic base in hopes of choking off support for his opponent, Democrat Barbara Buono.
Buono herself actually received the support of one Republican mayor so far this election season. In May Mayor Nick Poliseno of Spotswood threw his support to Buono, saying Christie has failed towns like his.
“The governor’s property tax record is appalling and it will take new leadership and sensible solutions to right the ship,” he said at the time.