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NEWARK NJ (October 27, 2021)(CNBNews)--President Joe Biden was in New Jersey recently to campaign for Gov. Phil Murphy and also rally support for his Build Back Better legislation. After Biden's latest gaffe you have to wonder if Murphy regretted asking the President to campaign for him.

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At a stop in Kearny, NJ Biden for the fifth time repeated  a false story about an Amtrak conductor he supposedly knew, according to the Shore News Network.

“I apologize because some of you have heard this,” Biden said during his Build Back Better tour stop in Kearny, New Jersey.

“I commuted every single day, 263 miles a day, on Amtrak from the time I got elected United States senator.  As matter of fact, when I was Vice President, I used to like to take the train home because my mom was very sick and dying, and I’d come home every weekend to make sure I’d take the train home.  And Secret Service — and I’m not criticizing them — legitimately would rather me fly because it’s safer, because too many people can get on and off, et cetera,” Biden told the crowd. “And I’m getting on one Friday, and then one of the senior guys on Amtrak, Angelo Negri — I got to know all the conductors really well; they became my friends.  I mean, really, my genuine friends.  I have them in my home at Christmas and during the summer.  And Ang walks up to me and goes, “Joey, baby!”  Grabs my cheek.  And I thought the Secret Service was going to blow his head off.  (Laughter.)”

“I said, “No, no, he’s a friend.”  I said, “What’s up, Ang?”  He said, “Joey, I read in the paper — I read in the paper you traveled 1,000 — 1,200,000 miles on Air Force planes” — because they keep meticulous tabs of it.  I said, “Yeah.”  He said, “Big…” — I won’t say the whole thing — “Big deal.”  (Laughter.)  He said, “You know how many miles you traveled on Amtrak, Joey?”  And I said, “No.”  He said, “The boys and I figured it out at the retirement dinner.”  He says, “You travel 2 million…” — I think it was 180, but — “2,200,000 miles,” Biden added. “I said, “How did you get that answer?”  He said, “Well, 267 miles a day.  We figured you traveled 119 days a year for 36 years, and then you traveled was Vice President.”  And then he goes, “So, Joey, I don’t hear this about the Air Force anymore.”

In June a CNN Fact check stated: Biden keeps repeating a false story about an Amtrak conductor he knew.

An exclusive PIX11 News, NewsNation, Emerson College poll shows incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy with a lead, but Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli within striking distance.

About half of voters surveyed favored re-electing Murphy; with 44% favoring Ciattarelli, a businessman and former assemblyman; and 7% undecided.

The poll, which has a margin of error of +/- 3.9%, shows an even closer race when the undecided voters are allocated. Murphy leads Ciattarelli 52% – 48%.