Former Gov. Chris Christie will headline a $30-per-person fundraiser for the Morris County Republicans, party officials announced tonight.
The fundraiser is being billed as a unity breakfast after a contentious race for county chairman. Ron DeFilippis, who was Christie’s appointee to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, defeated Rob Zwigard by just four votes.
“The Republican Party in Morris is broke and now they are relying upon the man who left office as the least popular governor in our states history to try to save them,” said Morris County Democratic Chairman Chip Robinson. “It’s too little too late. Their affiliation with both Christie and Trump is toxic.”
Morris County Republicans are struggling financially , and are hoping this event — and a fundraiser at Yankee Stadium on Sunday — will boost their coffers. Republicans are defending two congressional seats, a County Clerk, and three freeholder seats.
A discounted rate of $15-per-person is being offered to county committee and card-carrying Republican Club members.
Christie began his political career in Morris County when he won a seat on the Board of Freeholders in 1994. He lost a Republican primary for State Assembly in 1995 and was defeated in his bid for re-election to a second term as freeholder in 1997. But he won huge pluralities in Morris County when he ran for Governor in 2009 and 2013.