Obama to stump for Murphy in New Jersey governor's race

Obama to stump for Murphy in New Jersey governor's race
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Former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama pays tribute to Merkel Supreme Court agrees to review Texas's 6-week abortion ban Youngkin to launch bus tour on same day as Obama, McAuliffe event in Virginia MORE will campaign for New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) later this month.

The Hill first reported on Wednesday that the former president was planning to make an appearance with the sitting governor, who's facing a challenge from Republican Jack Ciattarelli. Murphy's campaign later announced that Obama and Murphy would host an early vote rally in Newark on Oct. 23. 

Obama is lending a hand to Murphy as polls show the governor leading Ciattarelli 50 percent to 41 percent, according to a Stockton University poll. But Democrats say they are trying to generate higher than expected turnout in the key race.

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Murphy, a former ambassador to Germany and former Goldman Sachs executive, has sought to tie Ciattarelli to former President TrumpDonald TrumpHillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Twitter's algorithm boosts right-leaning content, internal study finds Ohio Democrat calls Vance an 'ass----' over Baldwin tweet Matt Taibbi says Trump's rhetoric caused public perception of US intelligence services to shift MORE during his reelection campaign.

Obama will also campaign alongside Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial election as polls show a competitive race with Republican Glenn Youngkin.

Obama campaigned for Murphy in 2017, directing some of his speech at Trump.

"We are rejecting a politics of fear," Obama said at the time. "Some of the politics we see now, we thought we put that to bed ... This is the 21st century, not the 19th century."

Updated: 4:26 p.m.