UPDATE – It has been canceled.
TOMS RIVER – Indiana Governor Mike Pence, the running mate of incendiary Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, will make a campaign appearance and hold a rally next week in Toms River.
On Monday, October 10th, 2016, the Ocean County Republican Organization will host a rally featuring Indiana Governor Mike Pence, according to an invitation obtained by Ocean County Politics. The rally will be held at 6:30 PM, and details about the venue are only being provided to those who pony up the required $50 contribution to attend to the campaign event next Monday.
According to rally organizers, space at the event will be limited to the first 250 paid attendees. Citing security concerns, the Trump campaign is requiring guests interested in attending the Toms River rally to provide their social security numbers at the time of registration.
Mr. Pence has been seen as more of a traditional politician compared to his running mate, Mr. Trump. Likewise, another area where Pence contrasts Trump is that he has stayed out of the spotlight for much of the 2016 presidential campaign, and for Pence, that might just be a good thing.
Pence, while still defending his running mate, has managed to avoid or carefully dance around some of Trump’s controversies and faux-pas, including Trump’s late-night tweets and new revelations surrounding Trump’s tax situation revealed by the New York Times last week.
Other Republicans, like Congressman Tom MacArthur have walked a tightrope around the issue of Trump at the top of their ticket, with MacArthur attempting to distance himself from some of Trump’s rhetoric and controversies, despite still courting his supporters.
Clinton Still Narrowly Ahead In New Jersey, Polls Say
While New Jersey has traditionally been a “blue” state with respect to the electoral college, the Trump campaign is narrowly closing in on Hillary Clinton’s lead in the state, according to recent polls. A poll released on September 30th by Stockton University’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy found the Trump ticket still lagged behind that of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but the margins have gotten closer in the latest poll.
The Stockton poll, which collected the responses of 638 likely voters, found Clinton still leads among likely voters, with 46% of respondents favoring the former secretary of state, while 40% told poll workers that they favor the New York real estate tycoon. 10% said they plan on voting for a third-party or write-in candidate, while just 4% refused to make a choice.