Christie stirring presidential speculation with a visit to Iowa

FILE - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority" Policy Conference in Washington, June 20, 2014. (REUTERS/Larry Downing, File)

Gov. Christie is spending the day in Iowa, where his presence in the state - home to the first presidential caucus - is stirring speculation about a bid for the White House in 2016.

Christie, who is chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is expected to stump for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad at a restaurant outside Cedar Rapids this afternoon. Tonight, he headlines a fundraiser for Branstad in Davenport. The event, which will feature a speech from Christie, will be open to the press.

Christie was slated to spend the first half of the day at private fundraisers for the RGA and for House Speaker Kraig Paulsen.

 The Des Moines Register, which interviewed guests at the fundraiser for Paulsen, reported that Christie told guests, "I preach to the choir so that they'll sing." The New Jersey governor fielded questions on the George Washington Bridge scandal and how he would handle the federal economy, according to the Register.