KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is lending Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback support in his tougher-than-expected race against Democrat Paul Davis.
Speaking Wednesday at Oklahoma Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, Kansas, the Republican Governors Association Chairman praised Brownback as a leader.
Christie said Brownback took on difficult issues, including reforming the public employee pension system.
He said he never expected Kansas to be an easy win for Brownback, noting that the state previously elected Democrat Kathleen Sebelius as governor. Christie called Kansas voters "independent thinkers."
Brownback used the campaign stop to talk about job creation and criticize Davis as an "Obama Democrat."
Christie also was stopping at a private campaign event in Mission Hills and later in the day in Oklahoma City with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin.
The Republican Governors Association is intensifying its efforts to help Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign.
The group's chairman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, will be in Kansas on Wednesday to attend events with Brownback in Kansas City and Mission Hills.
That announcement Tuesday came as the group released a new TV ad targeting Brownback's Democratic opponent, Paul Davis.
The conservative Republican governor is facing a strong challenge from Davis because of concerns about whether tax cuts his administration delivered may be ruining the state's finances without helping the economy.
Christie will be going to a retail shop in Kansas City, Kansas, for a public event with Brownback as well as some closed events in Mission Hills before heading later in the day to Oklahoma for events with Gov. Mary Fallin.