NEW JERSEY: New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine
(D) is seriously considering reality star Randal Pinkett as the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor. Pinkett, a "38-year-old Rhodes Scholar who runs a Newark-based" consulting firm, "went to work for Donald Trump after winning Season 4 of the Apprentice." Corzine "has been actively searching for an African American running mate."
VIRGINIA: On the same day Obama campaigns for Jon Corzine in New Jersey (Thursday), Vice President Biden will be in Richmond to campaign for Creigh Deeds.
Deeds (D) and Bob McDonnell (R) both appeared at the American Legion 2009 convention in Richmond on Saturday. Deeds announced that morning "that Senator Jim Webb has agreed to chair the group "Veterans for Deeds," while McDonnell, who served in the army as does his daughter, said "he's ready to make Virginia the most veteran-friendly state in the United States."
Virginia strategists are "wondering why Deeds and McDonnell have not been" campaigning more aggressively this summer, "trumpeting endorsements, riding in parades and speaking at festivals." Unlike the race in New Jersey, where "both candidates are airing TV ads" and President Obama will be speaking this week, "Deeds has held only a handful of events since his June primary victory, and McDonnell is going on vacation."