By Ian Bush

TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) – Just ahead of the special Election Day in New Jersey, political celebrities are going public in support of their favored candidates.

Over the weekend, Sarah Palin addressed a Tea Party crowd of about 4,000 people in Ocean County, urging a vote for Republican Steve Lonegan.

President Obama hasn’t made an in-person appearance for Cory Booker, but the Democrat’s campaign yesterday put a video on YouTube with the endorsement from the White House:

“Cory Booker has spent his entire life bringing people with different perspectives together, regardless of party, to take on tough challenges.  Take it from me: now more than ever before, that’s the kind of leader we need in the senate,”  Obama said.



Both the president and Palin also addressed the government shutdown, with the former Alaska governor calling it a “dishonor” to the memory of military veterans — like the late Senator Frank Lautenberg, whose death brought about the special election.

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