Former Gov. Chris Christie will return to New Hampshire on March 23 to raise money Matt Mowers, his former staffer who is seeking the Republican nomination for Congress in the Granite State, according to a report by WMUR-TV’s John DiStaso.
He will also headline a fundraiser for New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu on the same day, DiStaso reported.
Christie has confided to close friends that he remains interested in another bid for the presidency in 2024.
His campaign collapsed in 2016 after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary with just 7.4% of the vote, despite the endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Mowers, a New Jersey political operative who moved to New Hampshire after Christie’s 2013 re-election campaign to become executive director of the state party, was in New Jersey this week for a fundraiser hosted by Christie in Cedar Grove.
Donors included many of Mowers’ former Christie administration colleagues.
DiStaso reported that the fundraiser drew criticism from New Hampshire Democratic State Chairman Raymond Buckley.
“New Jerseyan Matthew Mowers is filling his campaign coffers with the help of his corrupt friends a few states down,” Buckley said. “Granite Staters deserve a congressman who knows the issues they’re facing and will fight for them, and that’s 1,000 percent not Matthew Mowers.”
Mowers said his race to unseat Rep. Christopher Pappas will need resources from out of state.
“We’re building an organization to take back the House from Congressman Pappas and his boss Nancy Pelosi, who he votes with 100 percent of the time,” Mowers said. “As Pappas takes in every last dollar of special interest money, we’ll continue to prove we are the only campaign in the race who can raise the resources that will help elect New Hampshire Republicans up and down the ballot in November”
Christie played heavily in the 2014 New Hampshire gubernatorial race, while serving as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. His candidate, Walt Havenstein, lost to incumbent Gov. Maggie Hassan by a 52%-47% margin.
This story was updated at 11:17 AM on March 7 with comment from Mowers.