*updated with full Christie quote from tape
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – On a raw and wet Friday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie exhorted the crowd in the parking lot of the Hy-Vee supermarket to get behind Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential caucuses next week.
“New Jersey is watching you too," Christie, minus an overcoat, said, hunching his shoulders against the wind and freezing rain. "We're watching you really closely, and listen, I want to tell you something really clearly. I'm in a good mood this morning. I'm feeling happy and upbeat. I love being with Mitt and Ann. But let me tell you, you disappointment me Tuesday, you don’t do what you’re supposed to do Tuesday for Mitt Romney, I will be back, Jersey-style, people. I will be back.”
The cold Iowans laughed, and as he made his way back to the Romney bus after the rally many swarmed him; a few shouted "Christie for vice president!"
“Oh I threatened them,” Christie told reporters later. “Let there be no doubt on the record. And a New Jersey threat is a promise.”