Christie to stump with Corbett

Published by James O'Toole on .

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the head of the Republican Governors Association, will be campaigning in Pittsburgh with Gov. Tom Corbett Friday.
Gov. Christie was to attend a lunchtime fund-raiser for state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, at the William Penn Hotel.  After that, Mr. Christie and Mr. Corbett were to appear at a separate fund-raiser for the RGA, while also doing some retail politicking in Downtown Pittsburgh.
The joint appearances come as Mr. Corbett trails Democratic nominee Tom Wolf in early post-primary polling of the governor’s race.  Mr. Christie has been dogged by the lingering controversy over his associates’ roles in the much criticized George Washington Bridge lane closings last year.  But the stories don’t appear to have ruined his  popularity in with the voters of his neighboring state.  
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic leaning survey firm, reported Thursday that in a recent trial heat, Mr. Christie was the leading choice among Pennsylvania Republicans as a 2016 presidential nominee.  He was preferred candidate for 23 percent of the state’s GOP voters, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 14 percent; and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 12 percent.

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