BON JOVI, SOME OTHER GUY TO HOST OBAMA

ObamaSen. Barack Obama

Prepare for a traffic jam in the vicinity of Navesink River Road next week.

Democratic presidential nominee-apparent Barack Obama will visit Middletown on Friday, September 5 for a two-stop lovefest that wraps up at the riverfront chateau of popstar Bon Jovi, today’s Star-Ledger reports.

The fundraiser for the party coffers begins at the home of Democratic national finance chairman Phil Murphy. Tickets are going for $2,300 per, the Sledger reports.

New Jersey Democratic Chairman Joseph Cryan tells the Sledger he’s

excited that the candidate would be in the Garden State only hours after Republican candidate John McCain formally accepts his party’s nomination in Minnesota.

Cryan said Bon Jovi had been offered a slot as a New Jersey delegate to this week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, but turned it down.

“We had chatted about it. But when I found out Bon Jovi was hosting the fund-raiser, we dropped it,” Cryan said.

This isn’t the first time Murphy and Jovi have tag-teamed. Two years ago, they honored Al & Tipper Gore with a reception at the Jovi house followed by dinner at the Murphy house.

Tickets to that event, a fundraiser for 180 Turning Lives Around, a non-profit that provides support services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault., cost $10,000.

Murphy is a former Goldman Sachs executive who is now a principal in Murphy Endeavors, based on East Front Street in Red Bank.

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