New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a reliable source of entertainment – and inspiration – for California Republicans, will keynote the state party’s spring convention, organizers said Friday.
Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, will address Republican activists at a luncheon during the Sacramento convention on the last weekend in February.
California Republicans, a minority in this heavily Democratic state, have long pointed to Christie as evidence that a Republican can overcome a Democratic voter registration advantage. Christie did so in New Jersey in 2009.
In California, Christie campaigned for Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari last year, and for Meg Whitman in 2010.
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Those efforts were unsuccessful. But Christie drew cheers when he addressed California Republicans at the Republican National Convention in 2012, calling Gov. Jerry Brown an “old retread.”
Christie said in a prepared statement that he is “excited to be joining Republicans in California as we plan for the years ahead and look to build upon the successes of 2014.”
Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.