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.

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Keith M. PhaneufState Budget Reporter

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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