Presidential contender Barack Obama hopes to chip away at his chief Democratic rival's double-digit lead in New Jersey polls when he brings his grassroots campaign to Newark on Monday. The Illinois senator will host a low-budget fundraiser, "Countdown to Change," designed to enlist average citizens as supporters. Tickets for the event at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center are $15 for students and seniors and $25 for general admission. Obama is running a distant second to front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in both vote-getting and fundraising in New Jersey. The most recent Quinnipiac University poll, taken this month, had Obama with 20 percent, compared with Clinton's 46 percent. The Obama campaign says it would be a mistake to put too much stock in early polls because Clinton enjoys broader name recognition than Obama. "We're thrilled about our prospects in New Jersey," said Mark Alexander, the newly named state director of Obama's New Jersey campaign. Obama raised $368,590 from New Jerseyans in the three months ending in September, compared with $1.14 million raised by Clinton in the same period here. In total, New Jersey supporters have donated $1.8 million to Obama, compared with $3.5 million for Clinton. Prominent New Jersey Democrats are divided over which Democrat to support. Gov. on S. Corzine has thrown his support behind Clinton, a former U.S. Senate colleague. State Senate President Richard Codey supports former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards. Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who will introduce Obama on Monday, endorsed him in May, as did Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy. Obama and Booker have been linked by some as representing a new generation of black leaders.