Christie won't ask Palin to campaign in NJ

Posted: Friday, July 10, 2009

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie has ended speculation that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will campaign for him.

Christie told Millennium Radio 101.5 FM on Thursday that he will not ask Palin to come to New Jersey.

Palin associates say her decision to quit as Alaska governor was partly driven by her wish to help Republican candidates across the country. But Christie says the failed vice presidential candidate would detract from the New Jersey issues he wants to emphasize.

He's not rejecting all outside help, however. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will campaign with Christie in South Jersey on Monday.

Gov. Jon Corzine gets a visit from President Obama next week to aid his re-election campaign.

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