The leader of the Republican Governors’ Association considers the governor’s race in Illinois the most important in the country. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made his fourth trip to the state on behalf of Bruce Rauner Tuesday, joining Rauner to speak to a group of pastors in Chicago. Christie is promising it won’t be his last trip here.


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“I’ll be back at least twice more in the next six weeks, and probably three or four times more in the next six weeks,” Christie said. “I’ve said this before: there is no more important challenger race to me personally in America than Bruce Rauner’s challenge to Pat Quinn and the things he’s offering to the people in Illinois.”

Christie said part of his interest in the race is Illinois being what he calls “a fiscal train wreck.” He said if the right governor can fix the state’s problems, the Republican Party can repeat that success in other states.

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