Christie to campaign in 19 states in 4 days

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a news conference in New York on September 15, 2014.

After shouting down a protester during his lone day this week in New Jersey, Gov. Christie was on the road again Thursday, embarking on a cross-country tour that will send him through a staggering 19 states in four days as he campaigns for candidates ahead of the Nov. 4 elections.

The governor's travels as chairman of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), while spanning the country, will include a stop closer to home Sunday night at a rally in Bucks County for Gov. Corbett.

On Thursday, Christie traveled to Arizona before appearing in New Mexico with Gov. Susana Martinez, who stood beside him as he addressed Wednesday's "sit-down-and-shut-up" takedown of a Hurricane Sandy protester.

"Just another day at the ranch in Rancho Christie," the governor said in a video from the New Mexico event posted on his Twitter account.

Christie also visited Colorado on Thursday, and the early presidential nomination state of Iowa, where Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has been leading in polls by double-digit margins.

It was Christie's fourth trip to Iowa in as many months.

The governor will be joined Friday by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour as he campaigns in Arkansas and Kansas, where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is considered at risk of losing his seat.

Christie and Barbour are also due Friday to attend two stops in Wisconsin for Republican Gov. Scott Walker - four days after Walker said he needed more money from national groups in his tight race against Democrat Mary Burke.

Christie "is coming because he asked if he could come, and we weren't going to say no," Walker said Monday in Wisconsin, according to a Politico report. "But we're not looking for surrogates."

Like Christie, Walker is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2016.

Christie, who stumped for Walker last month, said on Fox News Sunday that he supported Walker and that the RGA had spent $6 million on the Wisconsin race.

By Saturday morning, Christie will be in Ohio - again with Barbour - to campaign for Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Christie will then head to Georgia and Florida, after campaigning there Sunday and Monday with Gov. Rick Scott.

On Sunday, the New Jersey governor will move on to South Carolina - another early presidential nominating state - where he'll attend a church service and rally with Gov. Nikki Haley.

He'll also travel to Illinois and Maryland before ending the day at the Corbett rally in Ivyland.

Corbett trailed Democrat Tom Wolf by 13 points among likely voters in a Franklin and Marshall College poll released this week.

On Monday, Christie will be in Rhode Island, Michigan - where Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is in a close race - and New Hampshire, home to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

The day's travel doesn't end there: Christie will then head to Connecticut and Maine, two states with Republicans in close races.

The RGA did not release a schedule for Tuesday, the day of the elections. A spokeswoman for Christie did not respond to a question about the governor's plans for that day.


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