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NEW JERSEY GOV. CHRISTIE VISITS FARGO

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North Dakota Republican nominee hopefuls and hundreds of supporters rallied in Fargo this morning with a special guest appearance from, New Jersey's Governor, Chris Christie.

It's a final push of sorts, to let voters know that they need their support now as candidates inch towards elections coming up in a matter of weeks.

All the major players in the North Dakota Republican party were at Saturdays rally. Dalrymple, Hoeven, Berg, Kramer, and one out of town guest that everyone seemed to know. New Jersey's Governor Chris Christie.

Christie, a stand out in Republican party politics, didn't waste anytime getting the crowd behind him. "We may be 1000's of miles apart geographically but we are together philosophically. We know where this country needs to go." Christie explained early on.

But his real goal was getting the crowd behind the North Dakota Republican candidates, particularly senate hopeful Rick Berg."Were going to bring North Dakota common sense to the US Senate and were going to make Washington live by North Dakota values. Rather than make North Dakota live with Washington mistakes," said Rick Berg.

Governor Christie didn't hesitate in backing him up, "he knows our country is in huge trouble and he knows that one thing we don't need in Washington DC is another person who thinks Barrack Obama is amazing."

That was a jab at Heidi Hietkamp the Democratic candidate who's running for Senate. In the past she did say Obama was amazing. Saturday Governor Christie used it against her."All she's going to do when these votes come up in the Senate... She's gonna walk to the floor and walk to Harry Reid and say how should I vote? How do you want me to vote? We both think the presidents amazing! How do you want me to vote today." Christie said mockingly.

Heidi Heitkamp's campaign had strong words following Governors visit. Campaign manager Tessa Gould issued the following statement:

"Representative Berg is looking to change the direction of his campaign and recruited a governor who came into North Dakota and attacked the Heitkamp family because he can't defend representative Berg's record of voting the party line to cut $180 billion from farm programs and allowing the farm bill to expire."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took aim Saturday morning at North Dakota's Democratic Senate candidate, her brother and the homecoming opponent of the North Dakota State football team.

Christie's appearance in Fargo was billed by state Republicans as a "victory rally" for all candidates, but he focused on the Senate race between Republican Rick Berg and Democrat Heidi Heitkamp.

Christie said it's a close contest, but Berg is up for the challenge.

The governor also chided Fargo talk show host Joel Heitkamp, Heidi's brother. Christie drew loud cheers when he said he didn't "give a damn" what Heitkamp thought of him.

And he poked fun at Youngstown State, the Ohio university and NDSU's football opponent Saturday afternoon.

Christie said: "Come on, you guys are the Bison. They're the Penguins."

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