Chris Christie campaigning in Iowa hoping for a better than expected finish

 Chris Christie holding a town hall meeting today in Ottumwa, Iowa. (Screenshot C-Span)

Chris Christie holding a town hall meeting today in Ottumwa, Iowa. (Screenshot C-Span)

New Jersey’s Chris Christie is making his final pitch to Iowa voters with just three days to go before voting begins in Iowa. 

The Republican contender is barely registering in polls in the first-to-vote state, where Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are dominating.

But Christie said at a Friday rally that low expectations leave room for surprise.

He tells supporters that on Monday “you are going to show, as am I, that real leadership matters, that strong leadership matters and that the people of Iowa know how to pick a strong leader.”

Christie is pitching himself as having the best chance to beat Democrat Hillary Clinton in the general election if she’s her party’s nominee.

Christie is polling far better in more moderate New Hampshire, where he’s spent more of his time. But he’s hoping a stronger-than-expected Iowa showing will help build momentum as attention turns to that state.

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