- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It’s “Christie Tuesday” in Maryland. That’s a motto with a short shelf life perhaps, but useful nonetheless to Larry Hogan’s campaign for governor in Maryland. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie returns to the state to campaign for the Republican hopeful, and his third time in recent weeks to do so.

But it might as well be Christie Wednesday, Thursday and Friday too. Mr. Christie, president of the Republican Governor’s Association, has been almost as busy as President Obama in the campaigning department, visiting 35 states in less than a year to raise money for Republicans. And like President Obama - who will appear at seven campaign events in six states in the next few days - Mr. Christie is a busy man this week.

The slimmer but still outspoken governor takes his Jersey-style star power and fundraising prowess to Florida, Connecticut and yes, to Iowa, marking his fourth trip to the state this year. Mr. Christie was in Des Moines only 72 hours ago, helping Gov. Terry Brandstad celebrate his 68th birthday.

Iowa insiders are convinced this is a true sign that Mr. Christie is running for president in 2016.

“All systems go for a Chris Christie presidential run.” says Craig Robinson, founder of the IowaRepublican.com, a news site.

“After seeing Christie speak in Iowa in 2010, 2012, and 2014, I can honestly say he is the best orator Republicans have. Others may be good at delivering clever one-liners that play to an audience, but Christie knows how to deliver a message,” Mr. Robinson observes, comparing the governor’s oratory to “a well organized presidential stump speech.”


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