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SOTU Scoop
January 3rd, 2014
04:34 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By Tracey Webb

Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, January 3, 2014.

1. Christie's holiday greetings to Iowa. Laying the groundwork for 2016 or just a friendly holiday greeting? Either way, Iowa Republican lawmakers appreciate the love they're getting from Chris Christie. A handful of them received Christmas cards from the New Jersey governor. The front of the card, which was first reported by Buzzfeed, features a photo of the governor and his family on stage during Christie's November acceptance speech after convincingly winning four more years as governor of New Jersey. Inside, the card reads "Wishing you peace and happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year." Peter Cownie, a Republican member of the Iowa state House, said he thought it was a novel and interesting tactic for a Republican governor. "I consider it pretty smart, innocuous way of introducing himself to Iowans," Cownie said. "You have to work hard out here in the caucuses and this is an introduction, so to speak. This is a way to do that. I think we all kind of know what is going on."

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