Republicans hold rallies, look to gain the edge in 'swing state' of New Jersey

(10/02/04) RAMSEY - In recent presidential elections, New Jersey has been considered a Democratic stronghold. But now that Jersey is being called a "battleground" or "swing" state for the upcoming election, Republicans have been coming to the Garden State in full force, trying to gain the edge for George W. Bush against Democratic candidate John Kerry.

The Republican National Committee has just poured $150,000 into campaigning efforts throughout New Jersey. On Saturday, Republicans held a large rally in Ramsey, featuring former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. State GOP officials say Vice President Dick Cheney will also make a campaign stop in New Jersey in the near future.

Meanwhile, several Democratic voters from Essex County rallied in Orange to support Kerry. Elizabeth Edwards, wife of Democratic Vice Presidential Nominee John Edwards, will make an appearance in the Garden State next weekend.

A Republican presidential candidate has not won the state of New Jersey since George Bush Sr. in 1988. But this year, the race for New Jersey's 15 electoral votes has become too close to call as Election Day nears.

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