Updated at 1:32 p.m. ET on 8/1
(CNN) – He asserted two years ago that anyone who visits Las Vegas in the summertime is "stupid," but New Jersey Chris Christie is nonetheless headed to Sin City Thursday for a speaking gig and a fundraiser with key Nevada Republicans.
Christie will attend a private event "hosted" by Sheldon and Miriam Adelson in Las Vegas on Thursday, his re-election campaign told CNN. While the Adelsons' names are on the invitation, the couple will not be attending since they're out of town, a source with knowledge of the event said. The event was first reported by the Las Vegas Sun.
Adelson and his wife were top givers to outside conservative groups in the last election cycle – he donated tens of millions of dollars to super PACs, campaign committees and candidates. He's the chairman and chief executive of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation.
Christie is running for re-election in New Jersey, though polls show him running far ahead of his Democratic rival, state Sen. Barbara Buono.
While in Las Vegas, his campaign said Christie would also speak at the meeting of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a nationwide network of public charter schools. He'll then head to the National Governors Association meetings in Milwaukee.
Nevada, aside from being the home of Sheldon Adelson, has also been a key early voting state in presidential primary contests. Christie is considered a potential candidate for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
If he does run, voters in the Silver State may point out the governor's 2011 remarks about Las Vegas – which he was deriding in an attempt to drum up support for his own state's gambling mecca, Atlantic City.
"There is no reason people should go to Las Vegas in the summer," Christie said. "Why would you go to the middle of the desert in the summer? You'd have to be stupid to do that."
CNN's Jim Acosta and Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.
Christie is building up his campaign war chest for his 2016 election attempt. He is too combative to be president. He could be an effective VP if he were to review every department for problems with the major assumption that he'd accept and actually care about the job. He's only cared about certain parts and people of NJ. That would be the wealthy and the shore.
Sheldon Adelson ,
Chris Christie just lost my vote !
the GOP establishment is making BIG moves. ok Teapeople, what say you.
the mid-terms and the GOP primary are going to be very interesting, to say the least.
If Adelson thinks that he can recruit Christie as a puppet, I would love to be the fly on the wall during that conversation.
Well, might as well meet one of the people who's offering to buy you, right?
Ah, but when Adelson speaks, apparently Christie yells 'how high' ... and willingly jumps in giddy agreement ... desert or no desert.
While in Las Vegas, his campaign said Christie would also speak at the meeting of the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP), a nationwide network of public charter schools.
I don't like charter schools. Never have. I think they represent the systematic dismantling of our public schools system. I've never understood how is it that they are even constitutional. They seem pretty separate and unequal to the other schools to me. Arguing the benefits it provides for some students, but not all, is my point.
Conducting a lottery to see who can and cannot attend is straight out of sci-fi stories and movies. It is a lotttery system to get into Starfleet Academy. That's higher education. Charter schools are at the basic level, creating an unbalanced playing field for some students from the word "go." I don't think I will ever understand it.
This guy did what he had to when his state was hit by Hurricane Sandy. Any governor would have done the same. Remembr mr. Mardi Gras and that Barbour during the horizon oil spill?
Now he is back to what and who he is a bully rethug.
Maybe he can melt away some of that body fat that will need surgery.