Iowans Who Met Christie in May Still Want Him to Run

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Christie said Medicaid costs will be the largest challenge in the state's next budget, which he will propose in less than a month. Photographer: Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Christie said Medicaid costs will be the largest challenge in the state's next budget, which he will propose in less than a month. Photographer: Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg via Getty Images Photo: Bloomberg/2011 Bloomberg

The eight business leaders who met with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie this past May, when he was first said to be eyeing a presidential run, are apparently still all revved up for him to jump in the race. "Christie can do very well in Iowa," Gary Kirke, who owns a Des Moines-–based financial-services firm, told the Post. "He can even win Iowa." All this comes on the back of renewed speculation that Christie may yet save the Republican Party from Rick Perry's flubs and Mitt Romney's low-watt energy, his girth notwithstanding, of course. [NYP]