GOP Source: Christie Got Standing Ovation At Florida Fundraiser

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) was warmly received by donors at fundraisers Saturday in Florida as he gave the state’s governor $2.5 million on behalf of the Republican Governor’s Association, according to a GOP source.

Christie was in Florida to help Gov. Rick Scott (R) even as questions continue to swirl in his home state of New Jersey over the September lane closures of the George Washington Bridge.

But the source, who asked not to be named, said the scandal didn’t deter donors. The source said Christie got a standing ovation at the first fundraiser of the day and that hundreds of donors attended the events.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who is the chair of the Democratic National Committee, responded to Christie’s visit to Florida by holding a press conference in which she highlighted the fact the governor did not make any public appearances in the Sunshine State.

“It’s interesting that while Chris Christie is spending the entire weekend in Florida with Governor Scott, they won’t have a single public appearance. Either Chris Christie doesn’t want to face the press or Governor Scott doesn’t want to be seen publicly with Chris Christie, who is an embattled governor, and I think it’s probably a little bit of both,” Wasserman Schultz said.

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