Branstad Hails Christie’s Veto on Hog Crates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is praising Gov. Chris Christie’s veto of a ban on crates for sows but says the New Jersey Republican’s action wasn’t influenced by the 2016 Iowa caucuses.

On Monday, Branstad called Christie’s veto on Friday of legislation outlawing gestation crates a “good decision.” Branstad says the veto allows farmers to protect young pigs from being crushed by heavy sows.

New Jersey has few hogs but Iowa raises more than 20 million hogs annually. Some argue Christie’s veto was influenced by Iowa’s early voting status. Christie is weighing a bid for the Republican presidential nomination

Branstad, a Republican, says he has discussed the issue with Christie but doesn’t think politics factored into the matter.

Branstad said, “I give him credit for listening.”