New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the head of the Republican Governors Association, will be campaigning in Pittsburgh with Gov. Tom Corbett today.
Mr. Christie will attend a lunchtime fundraiser for Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson and state Senate president pro tempore, at the William Penn Hotel. After that, Mr. Christie and Mr. Corbett were to appear at a separate fundraiser for the RGA, while also doing some retail politicking in Downtown. The governors plan to meet again Monday for another RGA fundraising event in Philadelphia. The fundraisers are closed to the public and press. Details of the governors’ public event Friday were not immediately available.
The joint appearances come as Mr. Corbett trails Democratic nominee Tom Wolf in early post-primary polling of the governor’s race. Mr. Christie has been dogged by the lingering controversy over his associates’ roles in the much-criticized George Washington Bridge lane closings last year. But the stories don’t appear to have ruined his popularity with the voters of his neighboring state.
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic-leaning survey firm, reported Thursday that in a recent trial heat, Mr. Christie was the leading choice among Pennsylvania Republicans as a 2016 presidential nominee. He was the preferred candidate for 23 percent of the state’s GOP voters, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 14 percent; and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 12 percent.
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