Washington (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who will be in town for a series of meetings with the nation's governors, will skip dinner Sunday with President Barack Obama to return home to celebrate his daughter's 18th birthday, a Christie aide tells CNN.
Christie will arrive in the nation's capital Friday for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting - an annual four day gathering featuring policy discussions that seek to bring one voice to issues facing the states.
On Sunday, the President will host the governors at the White House for dinner.
Democratic governors and Republican governors also hold separate political meetings over the four days. Christie, who continues to be dogged by the George Washington Bridge investigation, is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, the political arm for GOP governors.
By leaving on Sunday not only will Christie be able to celebrate his daughter's birthday, he will have the time to "prepare for his annual budget address, which will be held on Tuesday," the governor's aide said.
Christie was fiercely criticized by some Republicans in 2012 for embracing Obama in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy – right before the November elections.
But at a town hall meeting Thursday in Port Monmouth, New Jersey, Christie was critical of how the Obama administration was addressing flood insurance claims.
Christie, who is considering running for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, will be back in the Washington area next month to address the Conservative Political Action Conference.