Christie PAC to Hold First New Jersey Donor Event

A crowded field of potential Republican presidential candidates is attempting to lock up wealthy backers.

Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, listens during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011.

Photographer: Ramin Talaie/Bloomberg

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's political action committee will hold its first home-state donor event this month, as a crowded field of potential Republican presidential candidates attempts to lock up wealthy backers.

The March 16 breakfast with Christie at the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville will be for no more than 25 bundlers who commit to raising between $25,000 and $100,000 before the end of the month to support Christie's Leadership Matters for America committee, according to an invitation.

“It's a thank you event for folks who really jumped in and started raising money quickly,” said Michael DuHaime, a spokesman for Christie who said he anticipates the event to be full. “There's been a great response locally.”

Christie, 52, formed the PAC in January, allowing him to raise money and visibility before a possible 2016 run. After visiting California over the weekend, he's set to make appearances in Florida later this week as well as alongside 11 other Republican hopefuls in Iowa.

Jeb Bush, a former Florida governor and brother and son of former presidents, kicked off the 2016 race in December by saying that he's actively exploring a run. Bush advisers set a goal of raising $100 million by the end of March, threatening to lock up the donor field.

The New Jersey event was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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