Monday, January 12, 2015

As Christie heads to Iowa, a busy summer continues

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at Atlantic Avenue School in Haddon Heights June 25, 2014.( MATTHEW HALL / Staff Photographer )
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks at Atlantic Avenue School in Haddon Heights June 25, 2014.( MATTHEW HALL / Staff Photographer )
NEWARK, N.J. - Gov. Christie is heading to Iowa on Thursday for his most significant out-of-state trip yet as he weighs a run for president in 2016. But it won't be his only time away from New Jersey this summer.

Christie's office says he plans to visit at least 12 states in July and August alone. This month he's spent time in Idaho and Tennessee. After Iowa, he plans to head to Connecticut, Colorado, Illinois, and New Hampshire.

While Christie has crisscrossed the country to bolster fellow Republicans as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, his schedule is packed with stops in swing and early-voting states, giving him the opportunity to make inroads with fund-raisers, party leaders, and activists who will be crucial to the nomination.

Coincidentally, Hillary Clinton, the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic nomination, will make a stop in New Jersey on Thursday, while Christie is away. She has scheduled an appearance at a Ridgewood bookstore to sign copies of her new book, Hard Choices.

When Christie is out of state, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno becomes acting governor. Guadagno has ramped up her public schedule in Christie's absence, appearing at numerous events, including a tour of New Jersey wineries, where she joked about the number of reporters present.

Here's a look at Christie's summer schedule:

Monday: Christie will travel to Connecticut to raise money for state Republicans.

July 23-24: Christie travels to Aspen, Colo., for the annual Republican Governors Association summer conference. He'll also speak at an Aspen Institute event with fellow governors.

July 25: Christie will be in Chicago for a fund-raiser for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

July 31: Christie will attend a baseball-themed fund-raiser for New Hampshire's Republican Party.

Jill Colvin Associated Press
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