Washington (CNN) - If you want to raise big bucks, bring in a big name.
With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as the headliner, the National Republican Congressional Committee's annual fundraising dinner Wednesday night in the nation's capitol is projected to bring in just over $10 million, an NRCC official confirms to CNN.
The $10.1 million, which includes pledges from contributors, is a big jump from the $6 million raised in 2009 and the $7 million raised last year, when the Republicans were the minority party in the House.
"I'm proud to announce that we raised over $10 million with the NRCC March Dinner to strengthen the new Republican Majority in 2012. This outstanding fundraising effort will enable the NRCC to stay on offense against House Democrats who continue to support the failed policies and leadership of Nancy Pelosi," says Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, the NRCC chairman, in a statement.
Christie, the tough-talking New Jersey governor, is considered a rock star in GOP circles and some in the party are urging him to run for the Republican presidential nomination.
Christie continues to say he has no desire to run for the White House in 2012.
The NRCC raised $4.9 million in February, has $4.3 million cash-on-hand with a debt of $9.5 million, according to its monthly filing. The rival Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee brought in $5.2 million last month, with $5.9 million cash on hand and a debt of $17.3 million.
The GOP took back control of the House thanks to a net gain of 63 seats in November's midterm elections. The Democrats need to win back 25 seats next year to regain control of the chamber.
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