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5 things you missed this week in the NJ gov race

Five things you missed this week in the New Jersey gov race between Gov. Christie and Sen. Buono....

5 things you missed this week in the NJ gov race

Gov. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, arrive at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, on Thursday. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)
Gov. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, arrive at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, on Thursday. (Charles Dharapak / Associated Press)

1) It is becoming readily apparent that Dem challenger Barbara Buono cannot compete in the celebrity category.

Last week, Christie was named to TIME's 100 most influential people in the world. This week, he was one of three governors to attend the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library in Texas (and he had dinner with Matt Lauer while he was there). Before that, he told a town hall that U2's Bono called his wife, Mary Pat, and left a voicemail. And tomorrow night, he's going to the national political prom known as the White House Correspondents Club dinner with media maven Arianna Huffington.

2) Christie (maybe) is getting web design advice from Obama (or so it seems).

This is the first full week of the new Chris Christie re-election web site. I ran it by a guy who handles political web sites, and he noticed, immediately, that it looked like President Obama's site. The blue coloring and the layout are similar. The phrase "Are you in?" is used on both homepages to collect email addresses. And, perhaps most intriguingly, the button to click on the Christie site after plugging in your email address is labeled "Let's Move." That, of course, is the widely-known name of First Lady Michelle Obama's physical fitness campaign. 

3) Buono poaches an endorsement.

The New Jersey Environmental Federation -- which endorsed Christie four years ago -- switched and threw its support behind Buono, saying Christie has been an anti-environment leader. The federation said 75 percent of Christie's environmental promises have gone unfulfilled. (In response, the Christie team emailed out a list of its environmental accomplishments.) Here's video of Buono collecting the endorsement.

Christie, meanwhile, is racking up endorsements from the building trades -- a crucial union constituency. He got his fourth this week.

4) Buono is still losing -- and most people don't know who she is.

I wrote on Sunday that Buono is losing this race, and a new poll this week from Quinnipiac University shows that she is down 32 percent. Strikingly, 78 percent of voters -- and 83 percent of the women whom Buono needs to win -- don't know enough to form an opinion.

5) Second campaign ad of the season.

The same liberal outside group with secret donors that aired the season's first commercial is up again with a new anti-Christie ad. This time, it attacks Christie for his stance on women's issues. (A Christie spokesman said Christie has, in fact, provided $12 million for cancer screenings this year, and that he is pro-life but supports exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother). Here's the ad:

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