By Justin Sink - 10/14/13 02:57 PM EDT
President Obama looked to shore up last-minute support for Newark Mayor Cory Booker with a new Web ad hailing the Democratic Senate candidate as the antidote to "the shutdown politics we've seen in Washington."
The release of the video comes after a new poll showed Booker's lead tightening with just two days to go before the special election to replace deceased Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.).
According to a Monmouth University survey, Booker leads Republican Steve Lonegan 52-42 percent, down three points from two weeks ago.
The special election comes at a charged political moment, as the government shutdown approaches its third week and the nation is set to hit the debt ceiling on Thursday.
Obama cited the political fight in the ad while heralding Booker as someone who has "spent his entire life bringing people with different perspectives together, regardless of party, to take on tough challenges."
Obama says that voters in New Jersey have "the opportunity to send a message to the entire country about what kind of leadership we expect from our representatives in Congress. That we're better than the shutdown politics we've seen in Washington."
The president goes on to urge supporters to make a plan for casting their vote, acknowledging the "uncommon" nature of voting on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
The video follows the president's formal endorsement of Booker over the summer, in which he praised the Democrat for his work on gun control issues.