Christie to head to Michigan for fundraisers
March 17th, 2014
06:48 PM ET
8 years ago

Christie to head to Michigan for fundraisers

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, will attend fundraising events in Michigan on Wednesday with Gov. Rick Snyder and U.S. Senate hopeful Terri Lynn Land.

A spokesman for Snyder's campaign said the private event featuring the two governors will take place in Grand Rapids and will raise funds for the RGA.

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Snyder faces a tough re-election battle this fall and is being challenged by former Democratic Rep. Mark Schauer. Recent polls show a narrow margin between the two, with Snyder slightly ahead. The gubernatorial race is considered a toss-up by nonpartisan political handicappers Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg.

Christie touted the governor recently in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a major gathering among conservatives.

Separately, a spokesman for Land's campaign confirmed Christie will appear at a fundraiser for the Senate candidate while he's in the state.

The Land event will take place in Bloomfield Hills, according to a copy of an invitation obtained by CNN. Tickets to the event range from $1,000 to $5,200 per person.

Land, Michigan's former secretary of state, will likely face off against Democratic Rep. Gary Peters for the Senate seat currently occupied by retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin. Cook rates the race as a toss-up, and Republicans view the race as a potential pick-up for the GOP in the Senate. Rothenberg rates the race as leaning Democratic.

RGA spokesman Jon Thompson confirmed Christie will be in Michigan for "RGA fundraising events," which were first reported by The Detroit News.

The Michigan Democratic Party was quick to criticize Land for holding a fundraiser with Christie, who they labeled an "ethically-challenged" governor in a news release, citing the George Washington Bridge controversy.

Democrats have similarly targeted candidates appearing with Christie in other states. The RGA chair has been traveling the country this year, raising millions for the organization and attending mostly private events with gubernatorial candidates.

States he's traveled to this year for RGA events include Florida, Texas, Illinois, New York, and Georgia. The RGA has confirmed he also has plans to travel to Connecticut and Utah in the near future.

Christie's administration is facing both federal and state investigations over allegations that some of his aides closed access lanes to the nation's busiest bridge last September to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, for not endorsing Christie's re-election.

The governor has denied knowing anything about the gridlock until after it occurred and has said he knew nothing about any political mischief by members of his administration. But the controversy has put a cloud over Christie's political future.

Christie's trip to Michigan Wednesday is bookended by town halls in New Jersey on Tuesday and Thursday.

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Wake up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    He'll be quite welcome with the wealthy Plutocrats of Oakland County headed by the Gr@nd Dr@gon himself, L. Brooks Patterson. The Oakland County Overseer.

    March 17, 2014 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  2. will never vote Republician again

    Filling his pockets with $ and lying through his teeth.

    March 17, 2014 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  3. Bill from GA

    does anybody else believe that Christie is behind that missing jet, just to distract all the press from BridgeGate??

    March 17, 2014 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |

    I'd give cash to keep the dem out to ? But the dems made my insurance go up 160bucks a month ! They think their slick dont they ? They belong in a zoo . Or better yet jail ? I dont need no B control . Or abortions and kids are grown and my wife she's gave in and made a nun ? laff or cry right ?

    March 17, 2014 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |

    Maybe he will bring in the cash ! It would be a very wise investment ! Vote Every dem 0ut and this nation will make it . Lord willing .

    March 17, 2014 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. Gurgyl

    Don't give a dime to GOP guys.

    March 17, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Çhristie has been spending a lot of time out of state fund raising for the GOP and running for president. Who is running the state of New Jersey? Did the fine voters of New Jersey realize they were voting for an absentee governor?

    March 17, 2014 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  8. S. B. Stein

    Too bad he can't resign before he leaves for these kind of trips.

    March 17, 2014 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |

    Can't wait to see Grover Norquist and the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style.

    March 18, 2014 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  10. salty dog

    Grooming Snyder for the white house, spare me, I've seen his circus act, smoke and mirrors. Snyder boasts raising funding for education, total BS, k-12, down, he diverted funds to other areas, ones that give private business big tax dollars. Seems every gop idea takes tax dollars, and gives it to their donors, god help us

    March 18, 2014 06:13 am at 6:13 am |
  11. Marie MD

    You have to hand it to the teaklans. It's all about raising money to buy elections even it if means bringing in a big bully from NJ who knew nothing that was happening right outside his office door.
    The koch brothers should be proud.

    March 18, 2014 06:28 am at 6:28 am |