CONCORD — New Jersey Governor and potential 2016 presidential hopeful Chris Christie will return to New Hampshire for the second time in two months on July 31 as the featured attraction for a state Republican Party fundraiser.
Christie, who is chairman of the national Republican Governor Association, was last in the state on June 20 to promote and raise money for candidate for governor Walt Havenstein.
The state GOP fundraiser on July 31 will be held at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium in Manchester, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Tickets range from $45, for a ticket to the game and to a general reception with Christie, to $2,500 for the host committee, which includes a “photo opportunity and access to the VIP Luxury Suite” to watch the game with Christie.
The host committee for the event includes U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, former Gov. John H. Sununu, former Ambassador Joseph Petrone and his wife, Augusta, Republican National Committteeman Steve Duprey, as well as GOP activists Joanne Devine, Dan Donovan, Michael Boyle, Beverly Bruce, Bill Greiner, Jim Merrill, Brian Mikol and Richard Pease.
Christie has a connection to the NHGOP. State party Executive Director Matt Mowers is a former Christie aide in both the governor’s office and for his reelection campaign and recently appeared under subpoena before a Democratic-controlled legislative committee investigating the manufactured traffic jam scandal known as “Bridgegate.”
Democratic lawmakers and law enforcement officials in New Jersey continue to investigate the political payback scandal. Christie this week said he simply did not know if Bridgegate has hindered his viability as a presidential candidate.
“Who knows?” he said, according to NJ.com. “I don’t know.”
He has continued to travel the country raising money for Republicans in his role as RGA chairman. He is scheduled to visit first-caucus state Iowa next week for incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad. His appearance at the event in Manchester is sure to instill good will for him among the party establishment but whether that carries over into a possible presidential campaign remains to be seen.
Another former Christie aide, Colin Reed, is the campaign manager for U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown.
The Fisher Cats, by the way, will not be playing Christie’s hometown Trenton Thunder on the night of the fundraiser but instead the Reading Fighting Phils, affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
News of the visit was first reported by Politico.com.