Infrastructure & Environment

Is Chris Christie Focused on Iowa?

October 31, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of an obscure bill dealing with pig crates might not be popular in his home state.

But it sure might sound good in Iowa.

With the political world watching every move Christie makes for signs of his 2016 ambitions, even something like his rejection of a law passed by the state Legislature to ban gestation crates for pregnant pigs — which animal rights activists believe are cruel — can be interpreted as a purely political move that extends well beyond the Garden State.

Iowa is the nation’s No. 1 hog producing state while New Jersey isn’t even in the top 20 in pork. But Christie’s veto of the gestation crate bill has New Jersey critics howling about his political ambitions.

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