Election Central

Gov. Christie on Gov. Otter: ‘A great source of strength’ for Idaho

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, issued a statement today in response to Otter’s formally filing paperwork Monday to seek a third four-year term.

In December, Christie campaigned for Otter at a Coeur d’Alene rally and fundraiser. Otter returned the favor in January, defending his friend in the wake of “Bridgegate” and saying the controversy may actually boost Christie’s  2016 presidential prospects.

Otter is challenged by Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher, R-Meridian, in the May 20 GOP primary. The winner likely will face Democrat A.J. Balukoff in November.

Christie’s statement follows:

“Governor Otter has put conservative principles to work in Idaho, building a solid foundation for families, entrepreneurs and businesses seeking a place to grow and succeed. Under his direction, the state is enjoying its lowest unemployment rate in five years, educational opportunity and workforce development remain top priorities, and government operates within its means. Governor Otter’s leadership in Idaho is and will continue to be a source of great strength for the state, and the Republican Governors Association is proud to support his campaign for re-election.”

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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