Romney to Appear at Christie Birthday Fundraiser

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Monday, 04 Aug 2014 03:01 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney will help New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie celebrate his 52nd birthday next month with a high-profile fundraiser to benefit the New Jersey Republican Party.

Romney is on the invitations for the event, being billed as a birthday celebration for Christie, as a "special guest," reports CNN. The Sept. 10 fundraiser/birthday party will be co-hosted by Bill Palatucci, New Jersey GOP Chairman Sam Raia, state Sen. Tom Kean, and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick, all allies of Christie's.

The former Massachusetts governor is already becoming a top attraction on the 2014 campaign trail, and his appearance with Christie could signal an increased role in the 2016 presidential races as well.

This month, Romney will travel to campaign for Republican Senate and governors' races in Arkansas, North Carolina, and West Virginia. In September, in addition to the New Jersey fundraiser, he will head out to potential swing states in Colorado and Virginia.

Romney's appearance may also signal to his financial supporters that Christie is also worthy of support, says CNN, despite the Bridgegate scandal that continues to affect him politically. But Romney and Christie have already joined forces for fundraising this year, including at a donor retreat hosted by Romney in June in Park City, Utah and another in Boston in February.

The Boston event collected $1 million for the Republican Governor's Association, reports The Hill. 

Romney has spoken out for Christie, saying he and several other Republicans are strong potential candidates for president in 2016, and has said that the Bridgegate scandal will not hurt his chances for the White House.

Christie and Romney did have some issues in 2012, reports CNN. The New Jersey governor had considered running against Romney for the Republican nomination. Further, he angered Romney and other Republicans when he appeared with President Barack Obama for a tour of damages from Hurricane Sandy just days before the election.

In addition, Romney ended up apologizing to Christie last year after details of his vice-presidential vetting process leaked out, reports The Hill. Romney's campaign ended up picking Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as his running mate.

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