published Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie keynoting Tennessee GOP fundraiser

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    In this Feb. 20, 2014, photo, Gov. Chris Christie gestures at a town hall meeting in Middletown, N.J.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Republicans will get a first-hand look at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, widely considered as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, with the blunt-speaking governor designated as the keynote speaker at the state GOP's annual Statesmen's Dinner on May 30, officials announced today.

“This year Tennessee will prove, once more, it is a blueprint for Republican success for the rest of the nation,” Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney said in a news release. “We are thrilled to have Gov. Christie here to highlight that message because he knows what it takes to win and lead."

The announcement comes as Christie continues to deal with the fallout of an ongoing scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge in September with allegations that they were political payback by top Christie aides against mayors not supporting Christie's re-election bid last fall.

While Christie is visting in May, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is already in Tennessee today where he is scheduled to join with with fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., in an education discussion with business leaders.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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