Christie, other high-profile GOP to stump for Foley

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is one of three national high profile Republicans coming to Connecticut later this month to bolster Greenwich businessman Tom Foley’s bid to win the governor’s office here.

New Jersey’s first Republican governor in 12 years, Christie heads a list that also includes U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who won this year’s special election to complete the term of the late Edward Kennedy, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the second Indian-American elected to Congress and the first non-white governor from that state.

Though a schedule for the campaign stops was not released Thursday, the Foley campaign said all three officials agreed to come to Connecticut within the next two weeks.

“Tom has been campaigning hard and voters are beginning to distinguish the clear difference in direction he offers when compared with Dannel Malloy,” Justin Clark, Foley’s campaign manager, said, referring to Foley’s Democratic rival.

A Quinnipiac University poll released last week found the race for governor to be a virtual dead heat, with Malloy leading Foley 45 percent to 42 percent.