Running Mates in NJ Gov. Race Energize Voters

For the first time in New Jersey's history the candidates for governor have running mates. And as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, the candidates for the new post of lieutenant governor are proving valuable on the campaign trail.

REPORTER: Democratic State Senator Loretta Weinberg and her Republican rival, Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno, are turning out to be dynamic assets for Governor Corzine and Chris Christie, by energizing voters wherever they go. Today both women, who hope to be the state's first Lieutenant Governor, came to Bergen County to stump for their tickets. Republicans are convinced recent criminal convictions of a local Democratic State Senator and former Bergen County Democratic Party chair Joe Ferriero can help them make inroads in a county that Democrats have controlled for years. That corruption angle may be harder to exploit because Weinberg is from Bergen County's Teaneck, and has, herself, a longtime political opponent of Ferriero. From Paramus for WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.