President Bush to make campaign stop with first lady in Burlington County

(10/17/04) BURLINGTON COUNTY - With a little more than two weeks to go before Election Day, President George W. Bush will make a campaign stop Monday in Burlington County.

While in the Garden State, advisors say the Republican incumbent will make a major homeland security speech. First Lady Laura Bush will accompany the president on his New Jersey trip. Vice President Dick Cheney came to New Jersey just last week for a campaign stop in Burlington County.

One woman who will not be at the Bush rally is Sue Niederer, the Hopewell Township mother who was arrested last month when Laura Bush came to Hamilton Township. Neiderer's son died in Iraq, and she interrupted the first lady's speech, saying the president was responsible for his death. Niederer says she will deliver an anti-war speech to schoolchildren instead of attending the president's rally.

Both presidential candidates are courting votes in swing states such as New Jersey. Bush's opponent, Democrat John Kerry, has made two trips to the Garden State already. He attended a fundraiser in East Rutherford and a benefit at Jon Bon Jovi's Middletown home before speaking at a labor conference in Atlantic City. Kerry's running mate, John Edwards, has also made two trips to the state, speaking to crowds in Newark and Bayonne. Recent preliminary polls in New Jersey show Kerry maintaining only a slight lead over the president.

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