U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is due in Newark this afternoon to tour a charter school there with Gov. Corzine and state Education commissioner Lucille Davy.

The event is billed as an education-based visit as Duncan tours the country looking for examples of schools that work.

But it also fits well with a theme we can expect from the Corzine re-election campaign: stressing ties to President Obama and to education in New Jersey.

Corzine is passionate about education reform. It's the area where he left his biggest imprint during his first term, pushing for new borrowing for school construction and overhauling the state's education funding system after decades of court battles. (That win for Corzine was consolidated by a Supreme Court ruling in his favor last week).

The event today will mark his second school event in the three days since officially kicking off his re-election bid Tuesday. On Wednesday Corzine was in Newark to promote construction plans at a school there.

In other campaign news, a concert with Bon Jovi raised $2 million for Corzine Thursday night, according to the Star-Ledger. Meanwhile Mitt Romney is coming back to Jersey to raise money for the state's Republicans, according to PolitickerNJ.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie was scheduled to continue a swing through the state today in which he is criticizing Corzine's handling of the economy, blaming the incumbent for job losses. Two of the three stops, however, were rained out.

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