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Christie reportedly to campaign for Martinez

Chris Christie photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr shared under Creative Commons licenseNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will attend a fundraiser for Gov. Susana Martinez later in May according to a report.

Real Clear Politics reported that a fundraiser in support of Martinez was planned for late May. The story was about Christie’s problems not having an effect on his prodigious fundraising for fellow Republicans.

From the RCP story:

After a few weeks back home to deal with the Garden State’s budget debate, Christie is scheduled to raise money for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in back-to-back events in their states on May 29-30, respectively.

A web page on the Susana Martinez website — now removed but still available through the Google cache — outlined rules for a contest to meet Christie.

NM Telegram first mentioned the contest in the Morning Word on Wednesday.

The prize is described on the Martinez page:

One winner will receive the following Prize: (1) Meet and greet with Governor Susana Martinez and Governor Chris Christie on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at a destination to be determined by Sponsor, with an approximate retail value of $750 and ground transportation at the discretion of Sponsor, with an approximate retail value of $50. Approximate total retail value is $800.

If you’re a Democrat hoping to be selected and make a scene, you won’t get a chance — the rules say the contest has a random drawing of ten people and the campaign chooses out of those ten.

It is unclear from the page where the event will take place. NM Telegram reached out Wednesday morning to a Martinez campaign spokesman for any additional information on the reported event and will update this piece if they respond.

This will not be the first time that Christie and Martinez have campaigned together.

In 2010, Christie campaigned with Martinez ahead of her election-day victory over Diane Denish. The event was in Roswell, New Mexico and featured Christie when he was among his most popular, especially among Republicans.

Christie offered his endorsement of Martinez and stayed as a special guest for a Martinez fundraiser Thursday night.

“In watching (Martinez), the thing that impresses me the most is how poised she is, how correct she is in answering every question,” Christie told the Journal in a telephone interview Thursday.

Last year, Martinez returned the favor and campaigned for Christie ahead of his easy reelection bid in New Jersey.

Wearing cowboy boots and speaking in both English and Spanish, Martinez rallied a mostly-Latino crowd in Union City Monday night. Salsa music blared before her appearance onstage, and about 200 voters stood out in the cold for the chance to see Christie, Martinez, and Union City Mayor Brian Stack, a Democrat.

The Christie-Martinez combination has led some to speculate it could be a possible 2016 Republican presidential ticket. Christie is widely expected to run for the Republican nomination for President, although his chances have taken a hit in recent months thanks to the “Bridgegate” scandal.

Of course, it is also two years from the Republican presidential primary and Martinez and her campaign staff have vehemently denied any interest in running for national office — not that this will ever stop speculation, especially if she wins reelection this November.

With Christie making another stop in New Mexico alongside New Mexico, expect that talk to kick up again.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr shared under Creative Commons license

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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