Republican candidate Mitt Romney's campaign in Iowa has been marked by a struggle to gain solid footing as the GOP frontrunner. Now, with one week before the Iowa caucus, Romney is giving his message one last push. Once again, he is calling on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to help his cause.
The Star-Ledger's Statehouse Bureau reports that Gov. Christie, who has been spending the holidays at home, will cancel the rest of his plans and return to Iowa to stump for Romney.
After a trip to the Hawkeye State earlier this month, Christie returned to N.J. and hosted a Romney fundraiser at the Hilton Hotel in Parsippany. At that point, former speaker Newt Gingrich had a solid lead over Romney.
Christie told The Star-Ledger, “In the end no one has voted yet, and when people start to vote I think they’ll decide Governor Romney is the person who is best going to serve our party and is the absolute best person to defeat President Obama next November.”
Today the New York Daily News reported that Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts has launched an aggressive bus tour in Iowa during this final stretch. Along with Christie, he has also recruited the help of Sen. John Thune of South Dakota.
According to CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser, polls have indicated that Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul are all contenders for first place. In New Hampshire, however, which will hold its primary one week after Iowa, Romney remains a frontrunner.
Samantha Negraval is an editor of NewJerseyNewsroom.com and a freelance writer.