By Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron
On the morning of debate number two, a casually dressed Chris Christie visited campaign headquarters in his home county of Morris to rally the troops and perhaps himself.
Housed in a suburban office building in Parsippany, the headquarters emptied out to hear him.
“This means a lot to me and Mary Pat. You know for us — and this is gonna be our last race in New Jersey, ’cause you heard if I went to the U.S. Senate I’d kill myself, and I don’t want to do that,” Christie said.
A Monmouth University poll out this morning has Christie leading Barbara Buono by 24 points, 59 percent to 35.
“Y’know, we have got more good poll numbers this morning, but please don’t believe that means we don’t have to keep working hard,” said Christie.
Sen. Buono had no public schedule today.
Tonight’s debate is at Montclair State University and broadcast here on NJTV.
Christie then paid a visit to his southeastern Bergen County headquarters in Carlstadt.
“One of the few disappointments that I had in the 2009 race, a small one, cause winning cures everything, was that I didn’t win Bergen County. And so I don’t want that to happen again in 2013. I want to win Bergen County, alright?” Christie said.
He said this election, three weeks away, is different from most.
“All too often people say in politics — we’ve heard this dozens, and dozens of times from folks — they don’t vote for someone, they vote against somebody. We hear people in the media or other people in politics say particular elections are the lesser of two evils. Here’s what’s different in New Jersey this year. What’s happening here that is different in New Jersey is we have given them something to vote for,” said Christie.
At both stops he urged supporters to tune in tonight to the second and final debate.
“What you’re gonna see tonight is the same thing you saw last week, someone on one side of the stage who’s gonna be angry, accusatory and all over the place. And then you’re gonna see me,” Christie said.
Don’t be complacent, Christie urged his supporters. The whole nation is watching New Jersey. His implication was, he’d like an impressive result.