Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

In Iowa, Christie Takes Familiar Shots at Obama

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

In Iowa, Christie Takes Familiar Shots at Obama

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- In Iowa for the first time as a declared presidential candidate, Governor Christie did what he's done there on dozens of trips in the past: attacked President Obama, greeted the locals and fielded questions about guns, veterans' health care, bio fuels and his Social Security plan.

Christie went from a town hall meeting at a Jersey-themed sports bar to a street fest where he ate a bacon-wrapped, deep-fried Oreo and later appeared at a GOP hog roast.

He spent about 90 minutes talking to a crowd of more than 200 crammed into Jersey Grille, a sports bar in Davenport, at lunchtime Friday. There he again faulted Obama over the Iran nuclear deal, echoing not only his many previous attacks but the ads launched Friday by his campaign and a super PAC supporting him on Fox News.

The national ad campaign -- and corresponding media buys in the New Hampshire and Boston markets -- comes as Christie is trying to secure a spot in Fox News' GOP primary debate Aug. 6 in Ohio. Fox is using national polls to narrow the field from 16 to 10 for the debate and Christie has been coming in ninth or 10th place in recent national surveys.

This is the first of two trips Christie is making to Iowa this month. He'll attend events in Des Moines and Ankeny today and attend a fundraiser for Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley. Christie held an event for Grassley in New Jersey last month.

Christie began the town-hall-style event by slamming Obama, saying he has put the country's military and law enforcement at risk and that members of Congress from both parties should refuse to support the Iran deal.

"Whether you're a Republican or a Democrat, it shouldn't matter on something like this if our country isn't going to be kept safe," Christie said.

Christie went on to tackle questions about everything from health care for veterans, to his position on marijuana, and his plan to increase the retirement age for Social Security. …

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