Hedge Fund Founder Singer to Host Events for Christie and Kasich

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie holds a town hall meeting at Londonderry Lion's Club April 15, 2015 in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

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Paul Singer, the billionaire founder of hedge fund Elliott Management, will co-host a luncheon this month for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is considering a run for president in 2016.

Mike DuHaime, an adviser to Christie’s Leadership Matters for America political action committee, said the second-term Republican governor will attend the May 26 event at the Metropolitan Club in New York. The event, to be co-hosted by Linda McMahon, the former head of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Friday.

Singer will host a separate event on Wednesday at the Park Hyatt Hotel for Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich, who also is considering a presidential run, the Journal reported, citing an invitation it had viewed. Singer hasn’t committed to a candidate, said Stephen Spruiell, a spokesman at New York-based Elliott.

The luncheon comes as Christie has traveled five times in five months to New Hampshire, which holds the first primary, to try to build support for a potential run. He has said he plans to announce his decision this month or next.

Christie is scheduled to return to the Granite State on Monday for a foreign-policy speech, following earlier addresses that focused on his proposal to means test Social Security and create what he calls a “flatter and fairer” tax structure that whittles seven federal income-tax rates down to as few as three.

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