NASHVILLE, Tenn. (NEWSCHANNEL 5/AP) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie headlined the Tennessee Republican Party's annual fundraiser in Nashville, Friday evening.
But that wasn’t Christie's only stop in Tennessee. He started out the day at a Republican Governors Association event in Memphis, followed by a joint appearance with U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander. Alexander opened his re-election campaign's West Tennessee office in the Memphis suburb of Germantown.
Christie then headed to Nashville, where he was set to visit a downtown restaurant with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and then on to the GOP fundraiser at the Nashville convention center.
The money raised will help the GOP support its candidates during the upcoming election season -- one where the state's top republican is looking to win another term at the state capitol.
Governor Haslam welcomed his counterpart to Music City, as 1,700 Republicans from across the state listened to Chris Christie's take on the state of politics in America.
The Republican governor works with a democratic controlled legislature in New Jersey and said they get the job done. Christie told the Statesman's Dinner crowd that needs to happen on the national level.
“We can disagree. But if we don't establish relationships, when the real problems need to get solved -- the tough problems -- we won’t even be able to do it because we're not even speaking with the people we chose to run this government across the country,” Christie said Friday.
Christie is fighting to recover from a traffic scandal in New Jersey that has deflated enthusiasm for a potential presidential bid in 2016, maintaining an aggressive national travel schedule and posting strong fundraising totals.
This Statesman's Dinner was the third biggest money maker for the GOP, raising an estimated $700,000. In 2002, Former Vice President Dick Cheney spoke to a post-9/11 crowd and raised $1 million.
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