Governor Nathan Deal got some high-wattage help Thursday on the campaign trail from a fellow Republican Governor with national star-power. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made several stops with Deal in metro Atlanta in the run-up to the Nov. 4th election.
Christie has cut a very visible, if at times, provocative profile, and speculation continues about whether he will mount a presidential campaign in 2016. The appearance brings a heavy hitter to bat for Deal, whom most polls show struggling to gain more than 50 percent of the vote, the threshold he needs to avoid a runoff.
Christie shook hands and posed for dozens of pictures after telling a crowd in downtown Roswell that Deal is the right man for the job.
“It’s the honesty and integrity that he brings every day to his job in making the decisions that Georgia is counting on him to make,” he told supporters. “The fact is, you can’t replace that, you shouldn’t replace it and I don’t believe you will replace it on Nov. 4.”
Christie declined to take questions from reporters, despite repeated attempts. In his brief remarks, he repeated some of Deal’s biggest campaign messages.
“Under Governor Deal, Georgia has become the best place in America to do business,” he said. “It’s not my words. It’s the words of the people who have observed it objectively – the jobs being created here, the atmosphere that is being created for business here.”
Afterwards, Christie and Deal separately walked through Roswell's popular After Five networking event. There, the New Jersey Governor was greeted like a rock star and exhorted to run for President, to which he responded, "I'm thinking about it."
Deal will square off in another debate Sunday with his Democratic challenger, Jason Carter. When they met in Perry earlier this month, the two came out swinging, tussling over the economy, education and each candidate’s record.
Christie, who stumped for Deal as part of his role as vice chair of the Republican Governors Association, said he will be back in Georgia before the election.