SALISBURY, N.C. – Fresh off his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went on the campaign trail Thursday afternoon with North Carolina governor hopeful Pat McCrory.
The event was held at Catawba College, the former Charlotte mayor's alma mater. A crowd of about 300 people packed the Catawba College gym lobby for the campaign stop.
McCrory earned his teaching degree from Catawba and first talked about his experience there as a student. He touched on the importance of education and the role that plays in the fight for jobs.
"Sandy, doctor, he was a flaming liberal I just need to let you all know," said McCrory of Dr. Sanford Silverburg. Silverburg was a former Catawba College professor who taught McCory in his political science courses for four years.
"I tried to get him to think correctly…I failed," said Silverburg.
While he says he'd like to see McCory's ideas swing more towards the left, Silverburg came to support the former Charlotte Mayor.
"He's been an excellent administrator, a very fine person, and I think he's a real tribute to the college and to the state," said Silverburg.
Joining McCroy on his Carolina Comeback Tour is New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie.
"There is no more important governor’s race in America than the governor’s race in North Carolina," said Christie.
Christis rallied voters talking about his own work in New Jersey's economic recovery, and taking shots at McCrory's opponent, Walter Dalton.
"The Lieutenant Governor only knows one way to govern, and that was watching how Bev Perdue and her people did it over the last four years," said Christie.
Christie reminded voters there are just 54 days left until Election Day.
"Make phone calls, you raise some more money for him, you do whatever it is you feel comfortable doing. Because you don't want to wake up on November 7 and have Pat just fall a little bit short and think to yourself, ‘I could have done a little bit more.’," said Christie.
Despite a difference of opinions, Silverberg said he plans to show up to the polls in favor of McCrory.
"I think so although I don't discuss my voting preferences but he has my strong support," said Silverburg.
Governor Christie and McCrory also held a private fundraiser in Charlotte. McCrory currently leads the polls against Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton.