DES MOINES, Iowa – Animal rights activist jumped on stage and interrupted Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie during his speech at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday.
The two activists with Direct Action Everywhere climbed on top of the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox to protest the use of what the organization calls violence against animals.
The two men yelled “Animals want to live,” on stage and presented a banner with a picture of a hog in a gestation crate that said “It’s not food. It’s violence."
In 2014, Christie vetoed a New Jersey bill that would have prohibited the use of crates, which some thought was an appeal to voters in Iowa and Governor Terry Branstad.
Officers with the Iowa State Patrol quickly took the two men off stage along with a third female protestor who jumped on stage right after.
“I have to tell you the truth, when something like that happens and I’m here in Iowa, man I feel right at home,” Christie told the crowd. “It’s like I’m back home in Jersey for a couple of minutes. So thank you Iowa for doing that.”
— Joel Aschbrenner (@JoelAschbrenner) August 22, 2015