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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Hate to tell this to Pete Sessions, but every seat you picked up in the Northeast, plus at least 15 in the Midwest and Florida will be back in Democratic hands after 2012. The utter lack of focus on jobs combined with the ham-fisted way your new governors in the Midwest and Florida have acted will hand the House back to the Democrats. No amount of money from the Koch brothers and Mike Meyers' stunt double from " Austin Powers" will save John Boehner from being one of the shortest-lived Speakers in history. I predict the final losses to the GOP will be at least 30-40 seats, and thats if they are lucky. It won't be because you've upset the Democratic base, it will happen because the GOP ignored Independents and talked more abotu NPR and Planned Parenthood than dealing with jobs and the debt. All thiose seniors who were frightened into voting for the GOP last time will jump ship the moment you start messing with entitlements. Can't wait to see how badly you'll get thumped.
Tony Soprano -aka- Chris Christie is going to help raise money for his goombas. How mafioso. In his case it's not fundraising, it's racketeering and extortion.
Hasn't anyone pointed out to the "chrisitian" cons that gluttony is one of the "Seven Sins"?
Oh, wait, they get a personal exemption from all sin, because God, is a "forgiving God" but only when it involves the GOP sinners.
"If you want to raise big bucks, bring in a big name". And a big in size person!
Nothing more enjoyable to watch than Republicans having to spend their millions fighting amongst themselves. Primaries, both local AND national, are going to be brutal within the fractured GOP/TeaParty. Donations now having to be spread out among the Presidential GOPer candidates will, I suspect, only add to their fundraising woes. As it is there are too many wannabee's now for any one candidate to get a head start in their PAC funding, let alone the GOPer Senators and Representatives who will not only be competing against the Democrats, but their own primary contenders (TeaPers) as well.
how about raising this money to start getting America's grandchildren out of the debt that started long ago
10 million....you give to homeless....o.k, look, money is playing over nation's needs....do not vote for any of these GOP idiots...please...please...please...what a nonsense in 21st century....
Now only if he could do that for the state, we'd be in fine shape. Wait, there is a way to do that. Reinstated the millionaire's tax and stop giving out propertery tax rebates. I know no one wants to see that, but we need the money to cover the transportation debt and the pension debt that he and other governors stopped paying into because they felt like it.
Although I disagree with most of Christie's opinions and ideology, I do respect that he speaks generally as an adult and with some level of logic to form his opinions. And I dislike his style of trying to come across as a bully. Unfortunately most of the "popular" Repubs have a disdain for honesty and actually thinking about issues. And everyone knows the rest of the Repub herd really needs help, to bad Christie's not a psychiatrist too.
Governor Christie draws such intense support not just because he has the right message about getting government spending in control, he shows how to do it. And it is not easy because there are plenty of spoiled special interest groups and entrenched spend-happy politicians and this is very disturbing to them. The time has come to get back down to earth and join the rest of us who have been cutting back. And irresponsible spending has met its match.
My NJ tax bill just went up again this year- $7200 on property assessed at $265,000. This big talking blowhard picks fights with everyone but has yet to deliver any relief. He's cut the state's burden- by shifting it to the towns. PRESIDENT CHRISTIE? Unless he starts delivering he won't even be reelected GOVERNOR. He's got a big mouth and that's ALL.