Christie goes to DC; press stays home

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At a town-hall meeting in Hammonton yesterday, the gov handles the mic in front of a massive American flag. (Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)

Gov. Christie heads to the nation's capital today to headline a $10 million fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee, which raises money for the congressional Republicans who now control the House of Representatives.

Unfortunately, we cannot report what he will say, because the NRCC has closed the event to the press. Christie's office says it wasn't the gov's call to shut us out.

(Not for nothing, but next week Maryland's Democratic governor, Martin O'Malley, comes to New Jersey to headline the Democratic State Committee's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. At that event, we're allowed to hear what our elected officials will say. Expect the anti-Christie rhetoric to fly from O'Malley, who has not been shy about trashing the gov.)

Back in DC, those deep-pocketed Republican donors must like what they see in Christie, who just destroyed all other potential GOP contenders in a Newsmax/IBOPE Zogby International poll of likely Republican voters, according to Fox News. The gov was the choice of 23.6 percent of those polled; Sarah Palin came in second, with 10.3 percent.

Still, when asked at a town hall yesterday to run for president, Christie reiterated his declaration NOT to run, yet: "I know that I'm not ready to do that job right now."

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