President Barack Obama will travel to the Edison area Wednesday to discuss the economy, the White House announced Friday.
White House spokeswoman Moira Mack said additional details will be announced early next week. New Jersey Democratic elected and political leaders did not have more details. As of late Friday, it was unclear if Republican Gov. Chris Christie would attend.
Last year, Obama appeared at a rally at for then-Gov. Jon Corzine at Middlesex County College in Edison and the Secret Service would be familiar with the security situation at the school.
The president intended to appear in the Edison area in May but had to postpone the trip because of the Gulf oil spill.
New Jersey's unemployment rate stands at 9.6 percent, higher than the national average of 9.3 percent. Economists on Thursday said it will take longer for the state to recover from the recession than most of the others.
Since Obama and the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate and Congress passed federal economic recovery aid legislation, New Jersey has received a total of $17 billion in federal aid or tax cuts. State Treasury spokesman Andrew Pratt said the state government received $854,044,000 in 2008-09, $2,220,892,000 in 2009-10, and $1,033,000,000 for 2010-11.
Obama was last in New Jersey on Oct. 30, when he led rallies for Corzine in Newark and Camden just a few days before the Democrat was defeated in his re-election bid by Republican Chris Christie.