Gov. Christie, President Obama in Philly on same day this week
U.S. President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will never face off in a race for the nation's highest office, but they will be sharing some geographical turf Thursday.
Obama will be in Philadelphia Thursday night to headline a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee fundraiser, while Christie will deliver the keynote address at political watchdog Committee of Seventy's annual fundraising breakfast at the Hyatt at The Bellevue. The location of the DSCC event has not been released.
The next race for a U.S. senator to represent Pennsylvania isn't until 2016, but Obama has in recent months embarked on a massive fundraising effort to help Democrats nationwide hang on to the Senate majority during the president's last three years in office. Thursday's trip will mark his 31st such excursion since April.
Obama last week attended multiple fundraisers in Miami, Los Angeles and Dallas to draw donations for the DSCC, as well as the Democratic National and Congressional Campaign Committees.
DCCC spokeswoman Emily Bittner told The Guardian the fundraising spree was driven by House Republicans' "reckless and irresponsible agenda."
"President Obama has been a tremendous asset in DCCC fundraising this cycle, and that's because our donors want to make sure that he has a partner in Congress who will work with him to solve problems, instead of blocking commonsense solutions for purely partisan political reasons," she said.
The recent government showdown is also believed to have played a role in the president's fundraising tear. At least 24 events were canceled or rescheduled during the shutdown, according to records kept by nonprofit watchdog The Sunlight Foundation. It appears, in the aftermath of the crisis, Obama has crammed his calendar in a bid to make up for lost time — which, especially in the political campaign arena, amounts to lost money, as well.