New Jersey: Bush to Raise Cash for Congressional Hopefuls

Posted September 15, 2008 at 6:36pm

President Bush is headed to New Jersey on Monday for a fundraiser that will benefit Republican Congressional candidates Leonard Lance and Chris Myers, the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The $1,000-per-head reception is taking place at a private home in Colts Neck on Monday.

Democrats quickly jumped on the fundraiser as a sign that the Republican candidates in New Jersey’s two biggest battleground districts need Bush’s “Big Oil money” to “bail out” their campaigns. Myers, a Lockheed Martin executive and mayor of Medford, is running against state Sen. John Adler (D). Lance, a state Senator, is facing state Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D).

“While Mayor Chris Myers is wining and dining with George W. Bush, thousands of families across South Jersey are facing hard economic decisions and stretching their budgets so,” said Mark Warren, Adler’s campaign manager. “Mayor Myers has fully embraced the same George Bush who has sat by and allowed American jobs to disappear overseas while his rich friends get richer and our tax dollars are sent to build up Baghdad instead of Burlington and Ocean County.”

New GOP Poll Shows Myers Edging Adler

In the battleground district of retiring Rep. Jim Saxton (R), the race between state Sen. John Adler (D) and Lockheed Martin Vice President Chris Myers (R) is a statistical tossup, according to a new poll conducted on behalf of Myers’ campaign.

Myers held a 4-point lead over Adler in an initial ballot test, taking 33 percent to Adler’s 29 percent. But the McLaughlin & Associates survey of 300 likely voters had a 5.7-point margin of error.

Although the Myers-Adler race showed 37 percent of voters undecided, Republicans are pointing to a few other polling numbers from the Sept. 8-9 poll to show the district is swinging in favor of the GOP.

In the presidential race in the district, the survey showed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) with a 3-point lead (45 percent to 42 percent) over Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). Also, Saxton — who endorsed Myers in a hard-fought Republican primary — is leaving Congress with a 53 percent to 16 percent favorable/unfavorable rating, according to the new poll.