Two Cedar Rapids city councilmen endorse Christie
Olson, Overland cite New Jersey governor's experience
James Q. Lynch
CEDAR RAPIDS — Two Cedar Rapids City Council members, Scott Olson and Scott Overland, have endorsed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Scott Olson and Scott Overland cited Christie’s experience as a governor and federal prosecutor in announcing their endorsements.
Multiple meetings with Christie have convinced Olson that the candidate’s experience as U.S. Attorney “and a conservative governor in a state with a Democratic legislature has provided him the skills to be a President that can lead the nation from Day One.”
“His campaign slogan ‘telling it like it is’ is right on as Iowans that attend his town hall events are discovering,” the Cedar Rapids Realtor added.
Christie has the “right combination of experience, vision for the future of our country, and a message that resonates with all Americans, that our country needs in a president right now,” Overland said. As a U.S. attorney and governor, “Christie has been tested and is ready for the job.”
Olson, who has lived in Cedar Rapids since 1961, is serving his second term on the City Council and has been active in more than 50 civic, community and professional organizations on a local, regional and national level.
Overland is serving his first term on the council, but has been active in the community since moving to Cedar Rapids in 1985. He has been a licensed financial adviser since 1991.
Although Christie, who campaigned in Cedar Rapids Dec. 29, has been at 2 percent in Iowa in the RealClearPolitics.com poll average, he’s doing better nationally — 4.2 percent — and is running third in New Hampshire at 11.5 percent.
Olson and Overland join several other area Republicans who have endorsed Christie including Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen of Hiawatha, Linn County Supervisor John Harris, former Linn County GOP Chairman Mark Hudson, former District Director for U.S. Rep. Jim Leach Gary Grant, former Gov. Terry Branstad chief of staff and interim Cedar Rapids City Manager Allan Thoms, Linn Eagles and County GOP leader Dan Seufferlein and Iowa Federation of Republican Women board member Kathy Pearson.
Although Gov. Terry Branstad has said he won’t endorse any of the GOP hopefuls before the Feb. 1 caucuses, Christie has the support of several former Branstad gubernatorial and campaign staff members.