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New Jersey governor to campaign for Blunt

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- arguably the most popular Republican now running a Democratic-dominated state -- will be campaigning in Missouri on Wednesday for GOP U.S. Senate nominee Roy Blunt.

Although, technically, Christie won't be in the state. He will join Blunt via teleconference, as they address Blunt volunteers gathered in campaign sites around the state.

Christie's victory last year was among the first election defeats by President Barack Obama, who had campaigned for the Democratic incumbent, Jon Corzine.

Christie's fiscal conservativism already has pitted him against public employees in New Jersey, particularly his latest proposal to make cuts in state benefits and pensions. He is currently holding town halls around the state on the topic.

Christie also is seen as the type of Republican who appeals to suburban swing voters. The latest polls show him with an approval rating in the low 50s, which is better than many politicians around the country at the moment.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon.

Jo Mannies is a freelance journalist and former political reporter at St. Louis Public Radio.