Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Christie on Stump in South

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Christie on Stump in South

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Governor Christie's first public events following the announcement of indictments against a former top aide and Port Authority appointee in the George Washington Bridge lane closures will be in Mississippi and Louisiana today.

Christie, who hasn't had an event in New Jersey since the charges were announced Friday, plans to attend four events in the two states, according to a schedule released Monday night by his political action committee, Leadership Matters for America.

Christie is scheduled for a meet and greet with Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and a meet and greet with U.S. Sen. David Vitter, who is running for governor of Louisiana. Both events are open to the press. Christie will also attend private fundraisers for the Mississippi Republican Party and the Fund for Louisiana's Future, a super PAC that is supporting Vitter.

Christie, who was chairman of the Republican Governors Association last year, attended a campaign stop and fundraiser for Bryant in Biloxi in August. Now that he is openly considering a presidential bid, Christie will be in New Hampshire on Thursday and Friday to speak at a Lincoln Day Dinner and hold a town hall event - - his third in the crucial early primary state and his second at a New Hampshire bar. Christie is also expected to be back in New Hampshire later this month to deliver another policy address. He used an event at St. Anselm College in Manchester last month to unveil a plan to overhaul Social Security, Medicare and disability.

Christie will be in Virginia May 14 for a fundraiser for his PAC. That event is being hosted by Bobbie Kilberg, a Republican fundraiser and president and CEO of the Northern Virginia Technology Council.

Tuesday's events are the first where reporters will be able to see Christie since Friday's indictments.

Christie didn't hold a news conference when the indictments were announced, as he did in January 2014 after The Record first reported that Bridget Anne Kelly, then his deputy chief of staff, had sent the now infamous email "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee" to Port Authority executive David Wildstein just weeks before the lanes were closed. …

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