Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie will headline the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual fundraising dinner in March, the group announced Friday.
In a statement, NRCC Chair Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said, "Governor Christie has become a highly regarded Republican since winning his gubernatorial race in 2009, and we are excited that he will be joining us in March. With his credentials and experience, his address will be of great value to our supporters as we continue to build on our historic gains for 2012."
Christie, a rising star in the Republican Party, has been credited for his tough stance on spending in his state and getting tough with teachers unions.
Recently, the outspoken governor criticized former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for not engaging the national media. ""I would contend to you that if Governor Palin never does any of those things, she'll never be president, because people in America won't countenance that. They just won't," Christie said in an interview with the New York Times on Wednesday.
The statement by the NRCC touts Christie as "a true conservative, taking on big union bosses and working tirelessly to reduce budget deficits in New Jersey without raising taxes. His ability to balance the will of the people with New Jersey politics has turned him into a leader that Republicans across the country support, as he made appearances for many high profile campaigns this past election cycle."
The dinner will be held Wednesday, March 20, 2011 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.