Christie sends Christmas cards to Iowa Republicans
January 3rd, 2014
02:56 PM ET
7 years ago

Christie sends Christmas cards to Iowa Republicans

Updated 9:37 a.m., 1/4/2014

Washington (CNN) – When Bobby Kaufmann opened his mail a few days before Christmas, a smiling picture of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is not what he expected to see.

But inside an envelope from New Jersey, the Iowa Republican lawmaker got a Christmas card from Christie–a man he has never met.

“It was surprising that I received it,” Kaufmann said with a laugh. “It is not something you expect to see in your mailbox.”

Kaufman is one of a handful of Republican lawmakers in Iowa and across the country who received Christmas cards from Christie, the hard-charging Republican governor who tops many early polls for his party’s nomination in 2016.

As Iowa is home to the first-in-the-nation caucuses, anything Christie does there is interpreted in the context of a future presidential bid.

For Kaufmann, the fact that he received the card said a lot about Christie’s future aspirations.

“I think if there were any doubts that he was running for president, this dispelled them,” he told CNN. “It is a smart move, in my opinion, especially in my state. I was very happy to see him pay attention to Iowa.”

The front of the card, which was first reported by Buzzfeed, features a photo of the governor and his family on stage during Christie’s November acceptance speech after convincingly winning four more years as governor of New Jersey. (Shown above)

Inside, the card reads “Wishing you peace and happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.”

It is signed “Chris, Mary Pat, Andrew, Sarah, Patrick and Bridget” – the entire Christie family.

Christie Card 3

The card, which was paid for by the New Jersey Republican State Committee, also quotes Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing...”

Another picture of the Christies on stage graces that back of the card, along with a line that expressly says the holiday gesture was “not paid for at taxpayer expense.”

Christie Card 2

Peter Cownie, another Republican member of the Iowa House who received the card, said when he opened it he “smiled” because he thought it was a novel and interesting tactic for a Republican governor.

“I consider it pretty smart, innocuous way of introducing himself to Iowans,” he said. “You have to work hard out here in the caucuses and this is an introduction, so to speak. This is a way to do that. I think we all kind of know what is going on.”

Unlike Kaufmann, Cownie said he met Christie once at a fundraiser for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, but he didn’t expect to receive a Christmas card from him.

As for Christie’s political aspirations, Cownie was blunt in what he thought about receiving the card.

“We start seeing this stuff pretty early,” he said. “I haven’t gotten any other Christmas cards from any other governors.”

Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Iowa
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    He should be sending apology letters to the people of Ft. Lee, NJ.

    January 3, 2014 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    He'll make a fine President!

    January 3, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    This dude is a silly guy. He better change to democratic to line up after Hillary.

    January 3, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    It is truly disgusting to see politicians cater to the demands of a state, that has no more importance to America, than any OTHER state, of its equal population, in America.

    January 3, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. Sheila

    the right wing had better embrace this guy, otherwise they are going to find theirselves on the short end of the stick. Come to think of it, the "rove math" scenario won't work, in 2016...I'm an Independent, and If he is remotely on a national ticket somewhere, I'll vote for him

    January 3, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |

    The Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts hate Christie. He can forget it.

    January 3, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. Thomas

    @Fair is Fair
    He'll make a fine President!
    Chris Christie / Bernie Madoff 2016
    Less Regulations , More Freedom

    January 3, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. mike edelson

    Beware of Governors bearing gifts. He is trying to expand his Boardwalk Empire.

    January 3, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    He'll make a fine President!
    You said the same thing about Perry, Cain, Santorum, Romney, and Gingrich. Look how they turned out.
    Hey, it's Friday. I'll even give you credit for not jumping on Bachmann's bandwagon.

    January 3, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Bill/FL

    What might have been good for New Jersey will not be good for the rest of the USA. Good example, Romney Care ( aka Obama care). We cannot afford another president who tries his experiments on all of us.

    This guy is too left to be right. Remember, he voted for Obama (via his endorsement after Hurricane Sandy) in 2012.

    We need a person we can trust. I don't trust him.

    January 3, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |