During his 12th trip to Iowa yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie, prospective presidential candidate, endeavored to convince Republicans in the first-in-the-nation caucus battleground state that he’s up to the task of dealing with a dysfunctional congress.
And to prove it, he pointed to his relationship with his own legislature here in New Jersey.
As reported by the Des Moines Register:
“Now I came in with someone today, and he said, ‘Gosh if you ever did run for president, if you ever did become president, how would you be ready to deal with the Congress?’ ” Christie told an audience of about 100 at a fundraiser for the Dallas County Republican Party in West Des Moines.
“I said, ‘Listen, I’ve dealt with the Legislature in New Jersey for five years. This is a group of folks who passed a ban on fracking when we have no shale. As folks in Iowa will probably recall, this is a group of people that twice passed a ban on gestational crates for pigs, yet we produce almost no pork.’
“If that doesn’t prepare you for the craziness in Washington, D.C., I don’t know what would,” he said
Christie was in Iowa to speak at the GOP fundraiser as he continues to mull a presidential run — which has included, in recent weeks, staking out important donors and support in the Hawkeye State. Political observers remain skeptical of how the Republican — a moderate in a diverse field of prospective candidates — while fare there, though he seems confident: he also told the crowd yesterday that he’s “done very well here in terms of the reception I’ve gotten.“