TRENTON — The head of the state’s Democratic Party argues it’s “risky politics” for New Hampshire Republicans to welcome Gov. Chris Christie to the Granite State and endorse a GOP gubernatorial hopeful.
John Currie, chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, questioned the wisdom of the New Hampshire GOP for having Christie endorse a Republican candidate and hold two separate fundraisers for the Republican Governors Association. New Jersey’s governor is slated to head to New Hampshire on Friday.
“Their party is in trouble,” he said during a conference call joined by his counterpart with the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
“New Jersey’s Bridgegate is still under two federal investigations,” Currie said. “I think it’s risky politics on their part.”
The chairman’s comments come ahead of Christie’s plans to raise cash for the RGA and endorse Walt Havenstein’s gubernatorial bid. Havenstein is engaged in a Republican primary for the chance to take on Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan in the general election.
“Chris Christie’s scandalous behavior has made our state the laughingstock of the country while his failed economic policies have added injury to insults,” Currie said. “The Granite State should be worried of anyone endorsed by Chris Christie.”
Christie helped raise $ 50 million for the RGA since he became chairman late last year. He has visited 15 states to campaign with Republicans since heading the national group.
However, Republicans dispute Currie’s assertion that Christie’s presence will harm the gubernatorial hopeful, arguing instead he will bolster Havenstein’s campaign.
“There’s no doubt New Hampshire Democrats are panicked about Maggie Hassan’s re-election hopes,” said RGA spokesman Jon Thompson.
“Lagging behind their neighbors in economic development, Granite State residents are hungry for new leadership to drive New Hampshire’s comeback,” he said.
According to his schedule, Christie will campaign with Havenstein and attend two separate RGA fundraisers in the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state with the gubernatorial hopeful.
“I’m excited that Gov. Christie is coming to the Granite State to support my campaign. This is a sign that momentum is building and we are on our way to winning the governor’s office in New Hampshire,” Havenstein said in a statement released earlier this week.