New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is using his rising national profile to help raise money for Garden State Republicans, and he’s cashing in on chits from his ventures across the country last fall to raise money for other Republicans, The Star-Ledger in Newark
He’s pitching donors a simple proposition: If they donate to the New Jersey Republicans, they can help win control of the Legislature, which is controlled by Democrats.
“When you go help somebody out, they’re generally eager to help you out in return,” said Tom Wilson, former state Republican chairman. “And one way to do that is with a fundraiser.”
Christie was recently in Boston raising money, and he has a fundraiser slated for this month in Philadelphia, where he campaigned for fellow Republican Gov. Tom Corbett last year.
Steven Some, a Republican lobbyist, said invitations for Christie are pouring in from around the country.
“Without question, Governor Christie is the hottest ticket in the national Republican fundraising circuit,” he said. “People I know in California would love to have him come out there any day of the week.”
Christie has made winning control of the state Legislature a priority, reminding voters that he can’t enact the changes he wants — in public employee benefits and teacher tenure, for example — if the Senate and Assembly are controlled by Democrats.
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