For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
July 2, 2001
Remarks by the President in Photo Opportunity with New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidate Bret Schundler
The Oval Office
2:35 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Mayor, congratulations. The Vice President and I are so honored you and Lynn came to the Oval Office. It gives us a chance to, one, congratulate you on winning the primary and congratulate you on being a great reformer in Jersey City. I don't think people understand, but that's a city with six percent Republicans, and yet, he continues to win overwhelmingly because he's got great ideas. And we look forward to helping you become the governor of New Jersey.
I think you and I share something in common: We're always underestimated. And a lot of people didn't think I'd be sitting here. Of course, a lot of people didn't think you would be sitting here, either. And so, I appreciate your record.
I'm intrigued by the idea of eliminating the toll booth in New Jersey. I think the working people in New Jersey are going to really appreciate that idea, and when you couple that with your strong vision of education reform, I think you've got a good chance of winning. * * * * *
THE PRESIDENT: You're going to win. (Laughter.) We're glad to have you.
Q How do you feel, Mr. Vice President?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Very good.
Q Are you sore?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: A little tender, still. It will pass.
Q Are you taking any painkillers or anything?
THE VICE PRESIDENT: No.
Q Mr. President, did you talk to your brother about --
THE PRESIDENT: We were thinking about doing some jumping jacks before you came in, but --
Q Go right ahead. (Laughter.)
Q Did you ask your brother about oil and gas leases, Mr. President?
THE PRESIDENT: What?
Q Have you had a chance to talk to your brother about oil and gas leaks, as they were announced today?
Q Are you going to campaign for him? Make any stops? THE PRESIDENT: What?
Q Are you going to campaign in New Jersey for him?
THE PRESIDENT: That's what we're going to discuss, how we can help him. We'd like to help him in any way we can. We want him to win. END 2:38 P.M. EDT