Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey lent a little celebrity verve to the Kansas governor’s race Wednesday, buzzing in to campaign for Republican incumbent Sam Brownback.
The tough-talking New Jersey governor, frequently seen on national television, came to the Kansas City area for a noon fundraiser at the home of a Mission Hills dentist.
On the way, Christie and Brownback stopped for takeout at Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, Kan., where they created a stir as they took time to shake hands — and take some selfies — with the early lunch crowd.
Later they met with reporters and joked about Christie’s fearless approach to eating sauce-lathered barbecue.
“I suggested he might want to bring a second shirt,” Brownback said. “He says in Jersey you just wear it.”
After picking up their $53.92 order of ribs, sausage and brisket, Brownback and Christie — showing no signs of getting messy — stood outside the gas station turned restaurant and grappled with questions about the Kansas governor’s re-election campaign.
Brownback has been trailing Democratic challenger Paul Davis in most polls so far, raising questions about why a Republican governor would have trouble getting re-elected in a deeply red state.
“This has always been a difficult state. I kind of remember (former governor) Kathleen Sebelius being here for quite some time and that’s about as blue as you can get,” Christie said.
“I never expected this to be an easy race,” he added. “Kansas voters are independent thinkers. They’ve elected Democratic governors before, but they’re going to re-elect a Republican governor in November.”
As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie promised to give Brownback the help he needs to win a second term.
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