Christie to speak at GOP retreat
January 16th, 2012
05:13 PM ET
3 years ago

Christie to speak at GOP retreat

Washington (CNN) - House Republican leaders haven't endorsed any of the GOP candidates for president, but they've invited one of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney's high profile surrogates - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie - to address their annual retreat in Baltimore on Friday, according to two senior House GOP aides.

Christie is not only a popular national figure, but he's been a close political ally of House Republicans. He helped them raise money as the headliner for the annual fundraiser last spring in Washington for the House GOP's campaign committee, which took in $10 million for House races.

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The three day meeting in Baltimore this week will focus on legislative and political strategy for 2012, so the presidential campaign –and how the House GOP deals with President Barack Obama's strategy to campaign against the Republican led House of Representatives– will undoubtedly be a topic of conversation.

House Speaker John Boehner and other top House GOP leaders have deliberately avoided weighing in on the Republican 2012 race, in part because they didn't want to comment on bids by their House colleagues – Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul is competing for the nomination, and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann sought the top spot on the GOP ticket, but dropped out after her poor showing in the Iowa caucuses. Paul is campaigning in South Carolina this week and is unlikely to attend the Baltimore session.

Politico first reported Monday that Christie would attend the GOP retreat.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Sal

    The blimp is on the move again......

    January 16, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  2. Whatever

    I hope they are covering the costs and NOT NJ taxpayers!!!! He should have run because he is on the campaign trail enough. I guess he'll get the VP nod!!!!

    January 16, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. willie floyd

    He is the rudest and most obnoxious politician in the country!!

    January 16, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  4. Fla Pete

    He said he was glad the twinkies factory didn't close.He'd have nightmares not eating those heart stopping delights.I'm glad he has good health insurance,he'll need it.I heard they're building a conveyer belt to his table from the kitchen ,at the retreat at his request,saves time,less wear and tear on the waiters,help...

    January 16, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Truth blah blah blogged yesterday that he (or she) wanted to see Michelle Obama's measurements. I still feel that he (or she0 should also ask to see Christie's bra.

    January 16, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Sal

    Fla Pete, that was a good one. From Fla Sal 

    January 16, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Birther Movement

    As long as the GOP is retreating.....

    January 16, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. Kock Bros Sucker

    The Kock Bros love Christie. Christie is a rude blowheart NJ you can do better.

    January 16, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Christie is a textbook example of why line item vetoes are bad politics. Christie faces a Democratic legislature. He reached a "compromise" with them, which included legislation that both sides wanted. The state legislature passed the "compromise bill" and Christie vetoed all of his "concessions" line by line. The NJ Democrats were apoplectic over the deception that he pulled. Republicans nationwide hailed Christie as a result.

    January 16, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Christie is a bully.

    January 16, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. Four and The Door

    willie floyd
    He is the rudest and most obnoxious politician in the country!!
    ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    So what? He is honest. He is honest and straightforward to the point of appearing rude and obnoxious...to people who don't agree with his message. I do. He stands up for the citizens, the taxpayers and the next generations of Americans. I'll take that over kind and likeable every day.

    January 16, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  12. Pete/Ark

    The thing that really made my day was the use of "GOP" and "retreat" in the headline...I LIKE that combination.

    January 16, 2012 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  13. mario

    a big bully

    January 16, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Mike from Calgary

    Just as Romney's attidudes and approach divides Americans, Christie's attitudes, approach and physical condition illustrate why Romneycare or Obamacare or Medicate is so costly in the US. FAT CATS and CORPORATE GREED cost the taxpayer plenty. Hope that Christie has a good Health Care Plan or Insurance for his "final expenses".

    January 16, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. Larry in Houston

    @Whatever -he will probably end up w/ Rubio – b/c if his Veep is Christie – Obama will definitely be re-elected.
    and @FLa Pete – If he doesn't have a heart attack within the nxt 2 yrs, he's gonna be in trouble. I'll bet NBC would be happy to have him on the Biggest Loser Ranch.

    January 16, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |