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Gov. Christie Holding Kickoff Re-election Campaign in Woodbridge

Once again, the Republican governor picks Democratic Woodbridge to hold his campaign events.

Once again, Woodbridge is going to be the spotlight for Gov. Chris Christie.

The Republican governor is going to hold his campaign kickoff fundraiser in Woodbridge next month. The event will be held at the Renaissance Woodbridge in the Iselin section of the township on Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m.

The announcement was made by the Christie for New Jersey campaign committee.

Ticket prices range from $300 for the general reception all the way up to the $50,000 per person Founder's Club, which buys the donor and a guest an invitation to a photo reception with the governor.

Always a colorful figure, Christie has grabbed his share of the national spotlight particularly in light of New Jersey's suffering from Hurricane Sandy. During the recent presidential campaign when President Barack Obama visited the state, Christie surprised observers - and dismayed Republicans backing Obama's rival, Mitt Romney - when the NJ governor hugged the Democratic president in thanks for his promises to help the state.

More recently, Christie chastized Congress's Republican majority and House Speaker John Boehner for what he called their "toxic internal politics" when Boehner didn't bring the Hurricane Sandy relief bill up for a vote.

Christie grabbed headlines with that comment, so much so that Boehner did an about-face and scheduled $9.7 billion in Sandy relief bill for a vote, which passed on Friday.

Closer to home, Christie was greatly helped to the governorship by Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac. The Democratic mayor worked to keep Middlesex County Democrats from voting for then-governor Jon Corzine. Christie won Middlesex County, and the governorship via McCormac's help in the county.

That action caused a rift in the Middlesex County Democratic Party which still hasn't fully healed, with many Democrats still holding a grudge against McCormac for his aid to Christie. 

In 2012, Christie showed up at a Mitt Romney fundraiser, once again, held in Woodbridge. 

Anyone interested in attending the Christie fundraiser in February can call Nicole Davidman at (908) 447-0358 or email her at nicole@christiefornj.com.

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