Chris Christie raising dough ahead of likely presidential run

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent Monday morning raising money for a national political organization that aims to elect more Republicans inside state legislatures.

Christie, a likely presidential candidate in 2016, headlined a Republican State Leadership Committee breakfast fundraiser in Morristown, New Jersey. The group said the money would be used to support GOP efforts to gain seats in the New Jersey state senate and assembly.

“We applaud Governor Christie’s straight talk and commitment to supporting our efforts to make Republican gains in legislative districts across the Garden State,” RSLC President Chris Jankowski said.

“With new Republican wins this cycle Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick will build upon their outstanding record working with Governor Christie to enact real reforms including passing three consecutive balanced budgets without raising taxes, reforming the state employee pension and healthcare funds and expanding school choice to New Jersey families,” he said.

In addition to angling for more Republican wins in state legislative chambers, the RSLC also runs what it calls a long-term, sustainable effort to grow the Republican family by supporting female and Hispanic candidates.

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