New Jersey Governor Chris Christie did poorly in the Iowa caucuses – well below the expectations set before he left the state to return to New Hampshire.
Speaking to Fox News anchor Bret Baier in Iowa before he left for New Hampshire, Christie said he didn’t regret the time he spent campaigning in Iowa.
“My goal here always has been to be the top governor, if I could be the top governor coming out of Iowa beat Governor Bush, beat Governor Kasich, beat Governor Huckabee that would be a really good night for us.” he said. “And when you look at the resources Governor Bush has spent, nearly 25 times what we’ve spent in Iowa if we actually beat him here tonight that’ll be a big story.”
Christie didn’t write off Iowa completely to focus solely on New Hampshire as John Kasich did – but it appears that the amount of personal time spent in the state didn’t help him very much.
According to the caucus results, Christie finished in tenth place with 1.8 percent – just above Rick Santorum with 1 percent. Bush was the highest ranking governor in the race – with 2.8 percent and Kasich was the second highest governor with 1.9 percent. Mike Huckabee also got 1.8 percent nearly a hundred votes more than Christie – causing him to drop out of the race tonight.
Unlike Huckabee, Christie still has built up support in New Hampshire, but it appears that his fellow governors in the race are proving harder to beat than he thought.
The latest CNN/WMUR poll of New Hampshire shows Christie at eight percent – virtually tied with Kasich at nine percent and two points ahead of Bush with 6 percent.
The New Jersey governor has spent most of his time meeting voters on a personal basis – hosting lengthy town meetings answering voters questions.
He already has 12 planned town hall meetings in New Hampshire in campaign meetings in 15 different towns in the state in the run up to the New Hampshire primary.