First on CNN: Romney and Christie teaming up for GOP fundraiser
August 4th, 2014
11:24 AM ET
9 years ago

First on CNN: Romney and Christie teaming up for GOP fundraiser

Washington (CNN) — Mitt Romney is Jersey bound.

The former Republican presidential nominee will team up with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a fundraiser benefiting the New Jersey Republican Party next month, sources familiar with the plans told CNN.

The event is billed as a birthday celebration for Christie, who turns 52 next month.

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The September 10 fundraiser — co-hosted by Christie allies Bill Palatucci, New Jersey GOP Chairman Sam Raia, state Sen. Tom Kean and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick — will take place in East Brunswick.

Romney is listed as a "special guest."

It’s the latest high-profile political move for Romney, who is asserting himself on the 2014 campaign trail as a surrogate in key Senate and House races, and burnishing his reputation among Republicans in the process.

Romney’s appearance alongside the New Jersey governor, who is laying groundwork for a 2016 presidential bid, could also signal to Romney’s network of financial supporters that Christie remains a viable choice for the Republican nomination in the wake of the Bridgegate scandal that engulfed his administration earlier this year and continues to bubble beneath the surface. It's not the first time the two men have shared a stage together this year - Christie was invited to address a Romney-hosted donor retreat in Park City in June.

While the Republican donor class hasn't fled from Christie en masse, the scandal tarnished his his early frontrunner status and wounded Christie's golden boy status among establishment money-men.

The birthday fundraiser might also heal some bad blood left over from 2012. Christie and Romney — and their respective loyalists — had a sometimes fraught relationship at times during the presidential race. Christie publicly mulled running against Romney for the GOP nomination, and later infuriated some Republicans just days before the election by teaming up with President Obama for a tour of New Jersey storm damage after Hurricane Sandy, giving the president some important bipartisan luster in full view of the national media.

"We're incredibly thrilled Gov. Romney will be the special guest at Gov. Christie's birthday party this year," Raia and Palatucci said in a statement provided to CNN.

"Governor Romney has long been a supporter of New Jersey Republicans and we are very much looking forward to the honor of having him back to support the state Party and to celebrate this special occasion with all of our guests.”

Filed under: Chris Christie • Mitt Romney • New Jersey
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. casual observation

    Shakedown, too funny, yup, their struggling, why don't you help them out and take a big pay cut? They took 95¢ of every dollar, and I'm to believe if we just keep giving them more, at one point, money will start popping up everywhere, record inequality, and the answer is simply more money to that same group, genius, pure genius! At exactly what % do things magically change, 96%, 97%, here's a clue, 100% .

    August 4, 2014 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  2. casual observation

    And the remaining 5%,isn't exactly divided evenly either, 80 % split 1% of the money, we definitely need to give the rich more, we don't know what to do with so much!!

    August 4, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. casual observation

    Gundy, so now wall street journal is a liberal media outlet, your too much my man, keep it up, some fool might buy it. The evidence is there your deep red states are your cherished nanny states: like it or not.

    August 4, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    oh please rudy... here are just a few of the many times obama has lied to us. all he has done since getting elected is to pit one segment, demographic, race and against another. it is what the entire democrat party does as well with their imaginary wars. talk about false conspiracy mongers, democrats own the title hands down.

    “There is not a liberal America and a conservative America. There is a United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America, a Latino America, an Asian America, There is a United States of America.” – Obama’s 2004 DNC speech
    Where's the beef? Where is the falsehood in what he is saying? He's an idealist, so that makes him a liar?

    August 4, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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