SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - As Chairman of the Republican Governor's Association, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is making his way to all the red states showing his support for republican leadership.
"This is the sixteenth state I've been to since December 1. By the time we get done in August, I will have been to 29 states," said Christie.
Christie was thrust into the spotlight back in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore. During his visit, he made it a priority to shake the hands of Coast first responders, many of whom rushed to New Jersey's aid after the storm.
"I heard some extraordinary stories about how wonderful the first responders from Mississippi were to our folks, particularly in Monmouth County, NJ, which is one of hardest hit counties," said Christie.
Christie made his way around the room shaking hands of local city leaders, accompanied by Gov. Phil Bryant, whose leadership he admires.
"I've been so proud to watch the way he's run this state. He's a guy who tells the truth, lives up to the promises he made to the people of Mississippi, and gives them a real sense of security," said Christie.
Christie also addressed Mississippi's recent U.S. Senate race between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel, and McDaniel's appeals to the race.
"It's good for our party to have good vital debates and discussions, but when the voters speak then it's time for it to be over," said Christie.
As for Christie's political future and talks of running for president in 2016, he says his Republican Governor's Association tour has nothing to do with that and wants to keep it that way.
"I'm Chairman of the Republican Governor's Association. It's my job to elect as many republican governors as possible, and everything else is secondary and well into the future," said Christie.