Gov. Christie campaigns in Iowa nearly one year before Iowa caucuses
By Kyle Maichle
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa: Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie campaigned in Iowa for Republican gubernatorial candidate Terry Branstad on October 4, 2010. The visit comes close to one year before the 2012 Iowa caucuses which attracted the national media.
The highly anticipated visit came with some speculation that the first-term Governor from the Garden State maybe running for President of the United States in 2012. During the event, Governor Christie said that he will not launch a run for President in 2012. Christie said: "No chance. No way. No how. Door’s closed...To be president of the United States you have to want it more than anything else in the world, and I don’t."
During the event, Governor Christie spoke to attendees about his success as New Jersey Governor. Also, the Governor pledged his support for Terry Branstad in the November 2, 2010 general election. Christie did not make a financial contribution to the Branstad campaign after being invited by the campaign to come to Iowa. The only thing the New Jersey Governor wanted from Branstad was a victory on Election Day.
Governor Chet Culver's running mate Patty Judge spoke on behalf of the Iowa Democratic Party during a conference call to reporters in response to Governor Christie's visit. Judge attacked Branstad on adopting Governor Christie's position on public employee pension reform and accused the former Governor of Iowa of planning to balance the state budget at the expense of retirees. Neither Governor Christie or the Branstad Campaign issued a response to Patty Judge's remarks.