In search of financiers for a 2024 presidential run, former Gov. Chris Christie will speak at a private donor event in Texas on Friday.
The Texas Tribune reported that Christie is one of eight potential candidates invited to attend the meeting, organized by former Bush White House advisor Karl Rove and hosted by Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Senator John Cornyn.
Christie will join former Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Rick Scott (R-Florida) and Tim Scott (R-South Carolina).
Former President Donald Trump was not invited.
Republican House members from Texas have been assigned to interview the potential presidential candidates, with freshman Rep. Beth Van Duyne getting the assignment of questioning Christie. A former three-term mayor of Irving, Texas (pop. 216,290), Van Duyne was a Trump administration appointee before winning an open House seat in 2020.
Unlike his exploration of a presidential bid in 2012 or his run in 2016, Christie no longer has the Republican State Committee or the Republican Governors Associatioon to pick up the tab for his early campaign travels.
Until Christie finds a different vehicle to fund his national travel, he might have to personally pay for early campaign trips to meet with prospective donors.