WAUKEE, Iowa – For the first time in nearly three years New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will visit Iowa Thursday. There are a lot of unknowns right now, but the main question everyone is asking is if Christie will run for president in 2016, and it’s unlikely we’ll get an answer anytime soon.
Christie is known to draw large crowds and for being an excellent fundraiser. As chairman of the Republican Governors Association he has helped in numerous fundraisers across the U.S.
However, one of his largest fundraisers Thursday will be for Governor Branstad who has already raised a significant amount more than his opponent, Jack Hatch, raising nearly $5 million.
Political analyst Kathie Obradovich says this often helps a potential candidate get free exposure and a chance to test the waters with voters. “You need an excuse to be here that won’t automatically scream, ‘I’m running for president!’ even though that may be in the back of their mind,” said Obradovich.
Christie will visit the home of the owners of the Kum & Go chain in Waukee before flying to Cedar Rapids and then Davenport with Gov. Branstad in tow.