Chris Christie stops in Chicago

Feb 11, 2014

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is trying to pump up Republicans who want to win the Illinois governor’s race this year.  As IPR’s Alex Keefe reports, Christie was in Chicago for fundraisers Tuesday.

 Christie has been crossing the country as head of the Republican Governors Association.  His message for Illinois Republicans, running in a state ruled by Democrats?

 CHRISTIE: Have faith, baby! I won twice in New Jersey! I mean that’s what I’d say to ‘em - it can happen!

 Christie spoke here at his first big public event since the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal broke last month.  In September, one of his aides ordered lane closures on the busy George Washington Bridge - apparently as political retribution.

 Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland - a Democrat - made sure to bring that up at a press conference before yesterday’s (tues) event.

 STRICKLAND: I don’t think it’s a good image for those Republican candidates who would hope to lead their states. Two of the four Republican governor candidates planned to attend Christie’s events in Chicago - State Senator Bill Brady and businessman Bruce Rauner.