Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, both presumably seeking to increase their political fortunes, teamed up Friday night in a North Idaho rally.
This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that Christie told the Coeur d'Alene Resort gathering that his family had vacationed in Idaho for "the past three summers" and had become "good friends" with Otter.
"I came out here to Idaho because I don't want any doubt in anyone's mind, if there was, that I am for Butch Otter," said Christie. "And if you like the way I do business, you must love the way he does business in Idaho. He does an amazing job."
Otter has announced that he'll be running for another term as the Gem State's governor in 2014, and Christie, fresh off of a landslide November re-election as the Garden State's governor, is a presumptive GOP presidential candidate in 2016.
"See, Butch and I became best friends because we are the same kind of folks," said Christie. "I am sure you never have to wonder what is on Butch Otter's mind."
Supporters paid $50 to get into the rally at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, while $1,000 secured entry to a VIP reception with Christie and Otter.
Otter played to the rally's anti-Washington, D.C., fervor.
"I think the only way we can save this great republic of ours is the same way it was created," said Otter. "It was the states that created this republic, and so I think it's up to the states to save it."