CEDAR RAPIDS – He praised Iowans and their vital role in the presidential election process, and asked them to caucus for his favorite candidate, Mitt Romney.
But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie drew the line at cheering for Iowa State University over Rutgers University in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl this afternoon. Christie, who is known for his bluntness didn’t hesitate or mince words in making clear he’d be rooting for the team from New Brunswick, NJ.
“Listen, I’m the governor of New Jersey, I have to cheer for Rutgers,” Christie said as he worked the crowd at the Spring House Restaurant in Cedar Rapids. The restaurant management estimated about 200 people were in attendance to see Christie and Ann Romney, the wife of the candidate.
That drew chuckles and groans from the Romney supporters as he shook hands and posed for pictures.
“Sorry, but if I came here and said Iowa State I would be the panderer that I always accuse other people of being,” Christie said about a half hour before the Iowa State and Rutgers game kicked off. “I’m the governor of New Jersey. I’ve got to pull for Rutgers today.”
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