A report this weekend said that some major Iowa Republican fundraisers are headed to the governor's mansion this month to ask, cajole and plead with Gov. Christie to run for president:
Bruce Rastetter, an Iowa energy company executive, and a half-dozen other prominent Iowa GOP donors sought the meeting with Christie, the governor's chief political adviser, Mike DuHaime, told The Associated Press. The get-together is set for the governor's mansion in Princeton, N.J., on May 31.
The meeting speaks to what some Republicans nationally say is a lack of enthusiasm about the emerging roster of contenders. It's also unusual because candidates typically court Iowans, who get the first say in presidential nominating contests, and not the other way around...
"There isn't anyone like Chris Christie on the national scene for Republicans," Rastetter told the AP. "And so we believe that he, or someone like him, running for president is very important at this critical time in our country."...
Appearing on 1210AM this morning with Christ Stigall, a conservative talk show host and a self-described "gushing" Christie fan, the gov again said he's not yet ready to run for president but acknowledged that he has become something of a kingmaker. Former ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, is launching his possible presidential run this week with a visit to Drumthwacket, Christie's governor's mansion, according to USA Today.
"I want to make sure that the things, the principles, that we're standing for here in New Jersey take hold across the country...so if I decide to support a candidate for president, I want to make sure I get to know that person," he said on 1210.
Huntsman is the fourth such potential candidate to come to Drumthwack and kiss the proverbial ring.
Want to personally tell Christie to run -- or not run? He'll be in our area Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Evesham. RSVP here.