Edison, N.J. (AP) -- President Bush is doing his part to help New Jersey's cash-strapped Republican Party raise money.
Bush appeared at a Wednesday night fund-raiser in Edison, raising $675,000 for the state GOP, which lags far behind Democratic efforts in advance of the fall elections.
The President talked about terrorism, the war and taxes, saying it's important for a Republican to succeed him as President
About 200 protesters were kept well away. One had a 60-foot banner containing the names and pictures of New Jersey's war dead. Another stood on a milk crate, dressed as a victim of prison abuse.
Bush joked that he got a lot of heckling the last time he was in New Jersey, too, in a reference to Democratic dominance in a state where his 25% approval rating is even lower than his national average.
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