New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to attend the House Republican Conference meeting today, his third visit this cycle to House Republicans, as he encourages Members of Congress to pony up for the partys fall election efforts.
Christie’s visit marks the third event he has done with House Republicans this cycle. He addressed the Conference in September 2010 as well as at the House Republican retreat at the beginning of this session of Congress.
Earlier this week, the NRCC announced a joint fundraising committee with former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), who is seeking to retire his presidential campaign’s debt. House Republicans and Gingrich will split the committee’s proceeds.
Democrats must pick up 25 House seats to win back the majority they lost in 2010 — a task even party faithful privately acknowledge will be tough.
Republicans controlled the redistricting pen in more key states and therefore used the decennial process to redraw Congressional boundaries to their partisan advantage. Local GOP mapmakers used the new maps to solidify many of their 2010 gains in key states. Democrats are expected to make major gains in Illinois and possibly California, but the overall gains and losses attributed to redistricting is expected to be a wash for the two parties.