Branstad not afraid to get close to Christie

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Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 12:00 am

DES MOINES — As the Chris Christie Mystery Tour continues, he may want to swing by Iowa, where a rare welcome mat awaits the beleaguered governor of New Jersey.

Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, has been plying the party fundraising circuit, raising cash, if not his political profile, ahead of a possible 2016 presidential bid. The problem is the George Washington Bridge scandal back home, which has made Christie, for now at least, the political equivalent of plutonium: a possible danger if you get too close.

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