VOORHEES – Even though Gov. Chris Christie has been clear that he is not running for president, he doesn’t mind the Iowa Republican organizers coming in to recruit him.
“I’m happy to receive them,” he said today.
Christie campaigned for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who won, and the New Jersey governor sees this as a show of gratitude. Christie’s fundraiser for Branstad was Branstad’s single largest fundraiser in terms of dollars raised. The Iowa governor was the youngest and longest-standing governor when he served between 1983 and1999, before his 2011 return to the executive office with Christie’s help.
“More than anything else,” Christie said of the visit, “they want to come back and say thank you.”
Does the fact that Christie is not running for president change anything?
“I don’t think that ambition should be the definition of hospitality,” he said.
It does show the new prominence of Jersey politics. “Nobody from Iowa was coming here to beg Jon Corzine to run for president of the United States,” he said.
Among the topics he and the group from Iowa will discuss is education reform, Christie said.
The meeting is scheduled for the governor’s mansion in Princeton Township on May 31.