O’Malley to campaign for Booker this Thursday

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will be in New Jersey on Thursday to campaign with U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark.

A possible 2016 presidential contender, O’Malley will attend campaign stops on Booker’s behalf in Trenton and Paterson and appear with Booker in Newark.

In his capacity as head of the Democratic Governor’s Association, O’Malley landed his share of slaps on Gov. Chris Christie.

“Tonight, Chris Christie, the governor with the fourth worst economic record in the nation will keynote the Republican convention on behalf of Mitt Romney, a former Governor whose stewardship made his state rank 47th in job creation,” said O’Malley last summer, unnerved by the GOP’s decision to give Christie what amounted to the party’s anchor leg as convention keynoter.

Then-New Jersey Democratic Committee Chairman John Wisniewski during his tenure brought O’Malley in to keynote at least one event, and in 2011, the chairman of DGA bashed Christie on ABC.

People are getting kind of tired of his mean-spirited, unproductive manner of governing his state. And that’ll be up to the people of New Jersey in a couple years time,” O’Malley said. “But the mean-spiritedness — the sort of standup routine that Chris Christie brings to the national debate — is something that garners (attention).”

Christie has routinely returned fire.

In an interview on the Fox Business Network in 2011, the New Jersey Republican governor said that his proposed cuts to the pension system in his state are “not about demonizing the public sector,” before criticizing O’Malley.

“I heard that pabulum Governor O’Malley was spewing down in Maryland. He doesn’t know what he is talking about. Come to New Jersey and listen to what I am saying rather than listening to his Democratic consultants,” said Christie.  “We are shining a bright light on what these things cost and they cost a lot of money. Governor O’Malley calls that picking on public sector workers. I call that telling the people who are paying the bills the truth and not kissing up to every special interest you want to have on your side to get electoral success.”

"It’s not a political environment that’s particularly warm for incumbents, but it looks like Booker has little to be worried about as the campaign season draws to a close."
—Krista Jenkins, poll director and professor of political science, FDU.