New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stopped by Snohomish County’s Republican headquarters in South Everett Thursday afternoon to thank volunteers and rally the troops working to elect Rob McKenna as governor.
“The way we’re going to win this election is all of you,” he said, as a grinning McKenna stood nearby. Volunteers personally vouching for a candidate, he said, “is even more charming than a warm and automated phone call from the governor of New Jersey — only slightly.”
Christie stumped only for McKenna, not mentioning another candidate in a tight race, 1st District Congressional candidate John Koster.
“Real leaders in the governor’s chair make a real difference,” he said. “Rob McKenna is going to change Washington, and he’s going to change it for the better.”
Christie was in town to raise money for McKenna — his second fundraising swing to support the gubernatorial candidate. He charged into the Everett banquet hall adjacent to Koster’s campaign headquarters for a 15-minute speech, backed by a few dozen red, white and blue balloons clinging to the ceiling. About 200 people were at the event.
In the day’s only skirmish, a handful of seniors protesting Koster’s views on Medicare were told to leave the front of the campaign headquarters or be arrested, they said. The Republicans called the Snohomish County Sheriff’s office, and two deputies made them leave the private property.
Koster signed a pledge Thursday morning promising to save Medicare by supporting a so-called voucher system, giving people the option of keeping government insurance or taking government money to a private insurance provider.
The campaign for Koster’s opponent, Suzan DelBene, said Koster’s pledge was not a serious one; DelBene believes such an approach “will dismantle Medicare as we know it.”