MARION, Iowa (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in Iowa for a series of fundraisers and campaign stops in a state with the first presidential caucuses.
He was warmly greeted on Thursday by Iowa voters at MJ's restaurant in Marion, Iowa. Christie visited the restaurant with Iowa's governor, Republican Gov. Terry Branstad. Patrons in the packed eatery thanked Christie for coming to Iowa to support their governor and many urged him to run for president.
Christie said the response was "incredibly flattering and gratifying," and told restaurant patrons he planned to return to the state many times.
Christie has been traveling across the country as chair of the Republican Governors Association. The group has raised $60 million on Christie's watch and gives him a platform to test a presidential run.
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