New Jersey’s Christie casts shadow over Iowa, 2012

    Christie’s in Iowa today, but not as a presidential hopeful. Instead, the first-term governor is leaving an imprint as a potential kingmaker–and a distraction.

    National Republican strategists and Iowa GOP activists say Christie is casting a shadow over the presidential campaign even though he’s ruled out a 2012 run.

    He’s headed to to Des Moines today for an education conference and he’ll headline a fundraiser for a congressman in the leadoff caucus state.

    His visit comes as former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota are set to campaign in the state.

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