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Christie says no pressure on presidential run decision

January 16, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was back in Iowa Friday as he weighs jumping into the presidential race.

Christie attended the inauguration of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad at a convention center in Des Moines. The appearance was part of a tour of swearing-in ceremonies for GOP governors he helped elect as chair of the Republican Governors Association.

Christie told reporters he would be attending private meetings in the city before heading back to New Jersey later in the day. He also repeated that he doesn’t feel any pressure to make a decision.

“We’re not voting in Iowa here for nearly 13 months. So let’s everybody take a deep breath,” Christie said. “I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel the need to rush something as serious as deciding if you want to run for the president of the United States.”

Christie has made numerous visits to the leadoff caucus state as he considers whether to seek the 2016 Republican nomination for president. He is scheduled to return next week to attend a conservative summit.

Iowa Republican Party Chairman Jeff Kaufmann was among those who met with Christie Friday and said they had a “free-flowing conversation.”

“He has a very big personality, a very straight forward guy. I’m actually heartened that he’s coming to Iowa,” Kaufmann said.

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