Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is slated to join Gov. Christie at a fundraiser for the New Jersey Republican Party in East Brunswick next month.
The Sept. 10 fundraiser at the Hilton East Brunswick is billed as “Chris Christie’s Birthday Celebration" on an invite from the state party. Tickets run from $150 for general reception to $5,000 for a private reception and $25,000 to sit at a roundtable.
The former Massachusetts governor’s attendance came about because “the governor and Mitt Romney are close friends, have been together on the trail a lot,” said Bill Palatucci, an adviser to Christie and a Republican National Committeeman.
After announcing in October 2011 that he would not be seeking the presidential nomination the next year, Christie endorsed Romney and campaigned on his behalf. Some conservatives later accused Christie of costing Romney a win by praising President Obama in the aftermath of Sandy, days before the election.