The seven Iowans who united to recruit Chris Christie to run for president have splintered in several directions – two endorsed Newt Gingrich today, while one previously endorsed Mitt Romney, one went with Rick Perry, and three haven’t publicly announced decisions.

Cameron Sutton and Jim Kersten told The Des Moines Register today that after much debate, they decided to go with Gingrich.

“It was hard for all of us to agree, like Iowans, on who would be the best candidate,” Kersten said in a telephone interview. “It was tough. I was very disappointed that Governor Christie didn’t run. I thought he’d be best to face (President Barack) Obama.”

Christie, the governor of New Jersey and a popular conservative, listened to the Iowans during a dinner on May 31, but in early October ended months of buzz by declaring with finality that he wouldn’t seek the presidency.

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