Nancy Solomon, Managing Editor, New Jersey Public Radio
Nancy Solomon is the Managing Editor of New Jersey Public Radio.
Governor Chris Christie, who has played coy when asked whether he’d run for vice president, is hosting a minimum $2,500 -a-plate fundraiser for GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney Tuesday evening at hotel in Woodbridge, N.J.
Details about the fundraiser are scare. About 200 donors were expected to attend the closed-door event. They drove up in fancy cars, and even the occasional stretch limo, and were greeted by campaign volunteers who directed them through security into the banquet room.
Long-time supporters like Carol Gillespie of Ridgewood, NJ, were eager to pony-up the cash for a chance to see the presidential candidate speak. She said she looked forward to Romney "rallying the troops" and hearing what he plans to do about healthcare.
For John O'Sullivan of South Brunswick, who was attending his first political fundraiser, it was all about foreign policy and how the federal government can give back to the states.
But not everyone was so enthusiastic. New Jersey Democrats held a press conference in a nearby parking lot. They held signs that read, "Romney-Christie Economics: Less $ for Schools / More Tax Cuts for the Rich" and protested cuts to teachers and other public sector employees that they said were supported by both the New Jersey Governor and the Presidential candidate.
Christie, who endorsed Romney last fall, calling out his private sector and executive experience. When asked if he would consider being Romney’s running mate, he said he would consider it.
"If Governor Romney, who’s going to be our nominee, picked up the phone and called me to talk about this, I love my country enough and I love my party enough to listen," he told NBC’s Meet the Press.
GOP supporters attending the fundraiser said that while they would love for Christie to be the number two, they prefer for now that he remain as governor.
Scott Gurian contributed reporting.