EDISON - The first presidential debate of 2012 is tomorrow, and according to recent polls, President Barack Obama has a strong lead in the Garden State.

The most recent poll puts President Obama up 15 percentage points over Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney among New Jersey voters.

As for the rest of the country, the president's lead is much slimmer, just a few percentage points in many states.

Alvin Tillery, associate professor of political science at Rutgers University, says tomorrow's debate is Romney's opportunity to "redefine himself, yet again."

Gov. Chris Christie (R-New Jersey) recently echoed similar sentiments about his choice for president. In recent interviews, the governor said tomorrow's debate will be an opportunity for Romney to give voters a true side-by-side comparison between him and the president.