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July 26th, 2011

Chris Christie Not Inspired by GOP Presidential Field, Yet

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie touched on several topics during an 18 minute press conference following his speech at the Iowa Education Summit in Des Moines on Monday.  They included his views on improving education, his support of Congressman Steve King, and his future political aspirations (he’s still not running for President).

Christie’s most interesting comments concerned the current GOP presidential field.  “If I believe that someone has distinguished themselves in a way on the issues that I care about, that I feel enthusiastic enough to endorse them, I will,” the New Jersey Governor said.  “I’m not a halfway kind of guy. If I’m going to get in and support someone, I’m going to do it 100 percent and to get there I have to feel that way about one of the people offering themselves for president. If that moment comes, I certainly won’t keep it a secret.”

Christie was asked if it was fair to say he wasn’t getting that “special feeling” about anyone if the current field.  “I think it’s fair to say that, sure,” Christie said.  “If I felt it right now, I’d endorse somebody.  I don’t.   Now, campaigns matter.  Let me say this.  Campaigns matter.  And you get to judge someone based on how they campaign for president.”  (click here or watch the video below)

He added that whoever the Republicans choose, he is positive he will vote for that person over the current occupant of the White House.  Following the press conference, Christie attended a fundraiser for Iowa Congressman Steve King.

“I got to know Congressman King back in 2009,” Christie told  “I find him to be a principled conservative and I’m happy to be out here to support his reelection campaign.  I’m sure that, when Steve and I talk, we won’t agree on every issue, but I do believe that he’s a man of principle and conviction and is in public service for the right reasons.”

Chris Christie is a very highly sought speaker for Republican candidates and causes.  When Governor Christie headlined an event for Terry Branstad’s election campaign last year, it was the most successful fundraiser in Branstad’s long political career.


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Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall brings almost two decades of journalistic experience to TheIowaRepublican. Starting in college as a radio broadcaster, Hall eventually became a television anchor/reporter for stations in North Carolina, Missouri, and Iowa. During the 2007 caucus cycle, Hall changed careers and joined the political realm. He was the northwest Iowa field director for Fred Thompson's presidential campaign. Hall helped Terry Branstad return to the governor's office by organizing southwest Iowa for Branstad's 2010 campaign. Hall serves as a reporter/columnist for

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