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.”