New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gives a news conference in Trenton January 9, 2014. Credit: Reuters
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, who has defended embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s continued leadership of the Republican Governors Association, will attend a fundraiser in Boston on Thursday for the organization with Christie and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
The RGA poured resources into Massachusetts the last time Baker ran in 2010, and association officials have spoken glowingly of Baker in this most recent cycle where Baker will not run up against an incumbent Democrat.
Christie will host the RGA fundraiser with Romney at a private residence on Thursday evening - an RGA spokesman said it is the group’s policy not to disclose locations for private events that are closed to the press and the public. A Baker spokesman confirmed the Swampscott Republican’s plans to attend.
Republican Mark Fisher, who is also running for the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Massachusetts, does not plan to attend the event, according to a spokeswoman who said Fisher has a previous engagement on his calendar. He is speaking at an event in East Walpole.
A potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, Christie has been under fire for a traffic scandal that involved his aides carrying out possible political retribution against a Democratic Garden State mayor by creating a traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge that bottlenecked back into the town of Fort Lee.