New Jersey governor Chris Christie is supporting Spence's campaign and was in Springfield Sunday.
Governor Chris Christie spoke about job creation in Missouri and the need for new leadership moving into the November elections.
Dave Spence says he hopes to emulate Christie and his tough honesty, but other republican supporters say bringing in Christie was a poor choice for Southwest Missouri.
Hundreds of Spence supporters spent big money to meet the man Dave Spence says dug New Jersey out of a hole.
"I don't think it's negative to have a bold leader like Chris Christie who will tell the truth. He will stand up for Missourians and get what our once growing economy growing again," said GOP Missouri Governor nominee, Dave Spence.
Many at the rally Sunday today said the economy and jobs are areas they want to see results.
"I'm concerned with the direction of our country and I want things to go better," said Spence supporter Karen Weig.
Job growth was a major theme today during Governor Christie's speech.
He says more than 90,000 private sector jobs have been created since he's been in office.
A feat Christie says Governor Jay Nixon is lacking.
"You know that Missourians are suffering. They're out of work, there's more on food stamps, more trying to do anything they can to hold their families together to keep a roof over their heads to keep food on the table and Jay Nixon says Missouri is moving," said New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
But other Republican representatives say the track record of New Jersey's unemployment rate worries them.
"He comes from a state where unemployment is way above the national average. Taxes are high and the economy is slipping in that state and yet they bring him into Missouri to support someone running for governor and I don't think it's good," said former Republican Missouri State Representative Chuck Wooten.
Wooten says he's backing Governor Nixon because of his willingness to reach across party lines to solve issues.
"He has a very good track record. Unemployment is low. He has kept low taxes," said Wooten.
Wooten says Christie comes from a state with a history of a slipping economy and it's not what Missouri needs.
"We don't' want Missouri to be like where he's from. So I think it's wrong to bring someone in from a state that's in bad shape," said Wooten.
But Governor Christie says with the election only 44 days away he's supporting a candidate that will tell the hard truth.
"The good thing about Dave Spence's campaign is he's not giving you a choice. He says believe your eyes, believe what you see and believe there can be a better day in Missouri tomorrow with strong leadership in Jefferson City," said Christie.
The rally was a free event, but some supporters paid to get into private events.
Tickets for the event ranged from several hundred to several thousand dollars.