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  Is Chris Christie the right messenger for the GOP on the economy?
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Last EditedRP  Aug 21, 2012 01:09pm
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AuthorMichael A. Memoli
MediaNewspaper - Los Angeles Times
News DateFriday, August 17, 2012 04:35:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionNew state-by-state employment data paint a gloomy picture for President Obama with 81 days to go before election day, with 44 states recording unemployment rate increases in the past month.

But for a Republican Party pursuing an economic case against Obama, the data also reflect why New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may not be an ideal keynote speaker for the GOP at its convention in Tampa, Fla., later this month.

The latest Labor Department report, released Friday, shows that New Jersey’s unemployment rate climbed to 9.8% in July, the fourth-highest in the country, and the highest in the state in 35 years.

The Garden State is also one of only two states, along with neighboring New York, to have hit a new high in unemployment in the past four years. Other have seen their unemployment rates drop, in some cases significantly, from the recent highs during the economic downturn that began in 2008.
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