Scott Brown to host fundraiser for Chris Christie
March 1st, 2013
09:29 AM ET
5 years ago

Scott Brown to host fundraiser for Chris Christie

(CNN) - Former Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts confirmed on Twitter early Friday that he's hosting a fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican who, like Brown, has been elected in a highly-Democratic area.

"Heading back 2 Boston after doing duty Pentagon. FR for Christie tonight," he wrote.

The event is one of many fundraisers held for Christie's 2013 gubernatorial re-election bid. According to the Boston Globe, which obtained a copy of the invitation, organizers ask for a maximum contribution of $3,800.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell also hosted a fundraiser for Christie Thursday night just outside of Washington, D.C.

Brown, meanwhile, has largely stayed out of the spotlight since he lost his seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in November’s election. A moderate Republican, Brown recently announced he would not seek the Massachusetts Senate seat left open by Secretary of State John Kerry. That decision prompted many to wonder whether he was considering a bid for governor next year.

"Of course I'm thinking about it," Brown said last month, when asked by a Fox 25 reporter in Boston. "I'm thinking about a lot of different things. But right now the best thing I can do for myself and for my piece of mind and I think for the people of Massachusetts is just to hang tight and recharge and be active."

While there hasn't been much talk of Brown running for president, Christie hasn't ruled out a potential White House bid and is considered a leading contender should he decide to go for the GOP nomination. And in the wake of his snub from organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference, his high-profile fundraising events with top Republicans signal the potential presidential candidate isn't struggling to find friends among the party's top brass.

Christie angered many on the far-right when he expressed gratitude towards President Barack Obama and appeared with the president to survey storm damage after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Jersey Shore. Images of Christie–a top surrogate for Mitt Romney–walking alongside Obama lit up TV screens across the country just days before the presidential election.

CPAC organizers, who notably excluded Christie on their guest list, said they were disappointed with Christie's sharp rebuke of congressional Republicans for holding up $60 billion in federal aid for Sandy victims. The package was eventually passed in two separate bills.

- CNN’s Ashley Killough and Alison Harding contributed to this report.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. sifto

    Lucky NJ people–a great republican governor!

    March 1, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Looks like the conservative trash of the gop and the teaparty obstructionest are being dumped at the curb like yesterdays garbage where they belong !!!!

    March 1, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. AEJ

    It is better for Gov. Christie NOT to be seen by these INSANE RIGHT-WING PEOPLE. If Sarah Palin, Santorium etc are there – why would he want to be among these NUTS!!!! As Gov Christie stated "I have a State to run/manage". Let the IDLERS stay by themselves and the CAUSTIC SPEECHES which will come from that event – if you can call it an event. More like sore losers and haters!!!!

    March 1, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Pete

    So Brown a loser in Massachusetts is helping a fellow republican in Christie,sounds like the other way around because of Christies popularity not of the just defeated Brown..The ole political you wash my back I wash yours playbook putting in place for future campaigns so money again because of Citizens United can cross state borders corporate donor wise..But quess what republicans don't be surprised if your boy Christie goes rogue and changes partys on yah and please don't come out saying it isn't true because your party is a lost cause,you're just too stupid to figure it out yet like in Hoovers time when republicans couldn't buy a vote,treated like political leperds!!Be proud republicans because history does repeat itself and its happening again to you!!

    March 1, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. sme

    Yeah Right -Sure I will vote republican- Not anymore

    March 1, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Tom

    Nothing succeeds like success. One sure way to break the grip of the ultra-conservatives have on the Republican party is to demonstrate that moderates can succeed. Christie is certainly popular. Brown remains popular, in spite of running a poor reelection campaign. I think there is an opportunity right now for an alliance of moderate, less crazy, Republicans to reshape their party. If Brown and Christie can attract some like-minded supporters it could be the start of something good.

    March 1, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. conniesz

    Christi and Brown should just give up on the Republican party – there is room for their kind of moderate in the Democratic party at this point. They both have more in common with Bill Clinton's approach to the world than with anything in the Republican party today. I hope they consider making the move – they would be welcome.

    March 1, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Christie's golden boy status will wear off very quickly once he resumes being a politician and people scrutinize how he goes about "gettilng things done." He's a financial conservative from the Reagan school of "Starve The Beast."

    March 1, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. lottie

    Christie is smart to distance himself from the nut jobs in the republican party. To bad the party as a whole will not help him . We have seen what they offer and it flat out stinks

    March 1, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Manning

    Never going to happen. Will never play well with the entire country. Another clone of guiliani will flame out quick. Enough problems in jersey to handle! Brash and insulting to peers shows lack class and wrong temperament for world stage diplomacy. U cannot change the stripes on a tiger in the wild. Jeb bush is the man that will bring people together possibly bobbi jindal or some other dark horse candidate. Why is this constantly talked about since 4yrs is a long time.

    March 1, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Wake up People!

    People stop thinking Christy is going to switch parties, he's not. He's a corrupt, blowhard, bully that fits right in with the republican party. The one thing he does have going for him are his street smarts. He sees the writing on the wall and after the clown car crashes ONCE AGAIN, Christy is planning to step right in and become the candidate.

    Please stop giving the man credit for doing what the people of NJ elected him to do, his job. This is the same man that demeaned our POTUS last year and still does whenever it suits him.

    March 1, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The money needed to run for political office is ridiculous. It should be getting to know the people you will represent in the office you are running for. There needs to be less money involved in politics and more meeting people and seriously considering what they need and want (may not be the same thing.

    Lucky NJ people–a great republican governor!

    You haven't been paying attention to what he has and hasn't done. Christie is too much of an idealogue and bully. He doesn't understand the needs of the state very well. He said that the state's fiscal house was in order when it clearly wasn't. He cut spending to help the poor without an analysis of how much that puts back into the economy.

    March 1, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. Carly

    One has to admire Brown's persistency to be somebody, unfortunately Mass has not forgotten or forgiven the crude tactics he used trying to defeat Sen Warren. You are toast Brown and we couldn't be happier!

    March 1, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. livingston

    Chris Cristiie managed to pull himself out of the muck and mire that is the gop only to have a fundraiser hosted by Scott Brown. Why do all gop manage to shoot themselves in the foot?

    March 1, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. ST

    Good that Christie has got someone to give him an hand. Here is my question: What capacity Scott Brown is campaigning under?

    March 1, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |