Christie says Iowa trip was chance to present educational reform ideas on national stage

NEWARK – Gov. Chris Christie – as usual downplaying any talk of a presidential run – said today his trip Monday to the first presidential primary state of Iowa lasted a mere four hours.

He said his plan touched down at 3:30 p.m. and he was headed back east at 7:30 p.m.

In that time, he gave a speech at a state education summit, mostly touching on the education reform proposals he’s talked about at his own town hall meetings around New Jersey.

He also raised money for Rep. Steve King (R), a conservative firebrand who generated headlines when he said Al Qaeda would be “dancing in the streets” if Barack Obama became president.

And that’s it.

Christie, taking questions after a bill signing here this afternoon, said that given the national media attention Iowa is getting these days, it was a good opportunity to air his views on education on a national stage.

Christie added that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad was particularly concerned about improving the state’s education system. In the past, Christie said, Iowa had the top-ranking grades K-8 education system. However, it fell in recent years to number 26, he said.

Christie says Iowa trip was chance to present educational reform ideas on national stage