New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will travel to five states next month as he moves closer to launching a presidential bid, according to an itinerary obtained by The Washington Post.
Included are June stops in Iowa and South Carolina, as well as three separate trips to New Hampshire, where Christie’s advisers believe his hawkish fiscal pitch and loquacious style at town-hall meetings could revive his wilting prospects.
The brash governor will begin his tour on June 2 with a visit to Orlando, where he will attend Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s summit on economic growth. Later that day he will travel to South Carolina and hold several events there on June 3.
From June 4-5, Christie will be in New Hampshire, hosting “Tell It Like It Is” events, meet-and-greet sessions, and huddles with power brokers. He will return to the Granite State on June 8 for another two-day swing, and then again on June 18.
Christie heads to Iowa June 11-12. These days, the blue-state Republican is traveling to the conservative caucus state with less frequency, but he has been there multiple times since 2010, often to raise money for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R).
On June 12, Christie and other GOP contenders will be in Park City, Utah, for Mitt Romney’s annual retreat. That gathering will be attended by many of the GOP’s biggest donors.
Also mentioned on Christie’s agenda is a policy speech, though the topic and date have not been specified.
So far this year, Christie has given several addresses as he positions himself in the race as a truth-teller on issues some in his party have resisted tackling, particularly Social Security and other long-term spending programs.
Christie’s flurry of activity comes as a group of his former aides face trials later this year for their roles in the 2013 bridge-closing scandal that has damaged Christie’s standing.
In spite of his troubles, Christie's team still sees a path to the nomination, albeit a difficult one in a crowded field.
And over the weekend, Christie placed fourth in a straw poll at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, where he finished behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and neurosurgeon Ben Carson — a showing that drew notice.
Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist called it “the flower in the crack of the pavement,” to NJ.com.