DES MOINES, Iowa - The Governor's Birthday Bash was one of two high profile events Saturday evening.
Hundreds of supporters helped Governor Terry Branstad celebrate his 68th birthday a month early. New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, was one of those supporters.
Christie headlined the event. He’s currently on a nationwide tour to campaign alongside republicans running for governor. He’s also a potential candidate for the 2016 presidential race and says things need to change in the White House.
“We no longer know where to draw the line. We no longer know when to put our hands down and say enough and it’s because a lack of leadership that we have in the White House. It has been 6 long years but I bring you good news that there are only two more years left.”
Governor Christie says he will decide if he will run for president early next year.
Across the metro, it was a big night for the Iowa Democratic Party as well.
Amy Klobuchar was the keynote speaker at the annual Jefferson Jackson dinner. Klobuchar is a two - term senator from Minnesota.
She spent the day campaigning for U.S senate candidate, Bruce Braley in Ames and Mason City. She has worked with Braley on the farm bill and on sexual assault issues and says, “Bruce is the guy to get things done.” The senator has visited the state regularly for several years and says working with an Iowa democrat is like second nature.
“Both of the states have strong grassroots traditions. We have democratic and republican caucuses and we believe in individual, neighbor to neighbor talk. Politicking makes a difference. So this feels very comfortable to me because this feels like a democratic convention in Minnesota.”
The annual event came on the heels announcement of the Des Moines register’s endorsement of Braley.