Former Massachusetts Gov. and GOP 2012 nominee Mitt Romney will host New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is running for president, and Christie’s wife Mary Pat, for a sleepover Friday.
The Washington Post reported that the Christies will stay at Romney’s Wolfeboro, N.H. compound on Lake Winnipesaukee Friday night after they share a casual dinner. Christie aides confirmed the plans to the New York Times.
Saturday Christie will march in Wolfeboro’s Fourth of July parade, where Romney and his wife Ann are known to make an appearance. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), one of Christie’s 2016 rivals, is also participating in the march and plans to meet with Romney as well, according to New York Times.
Romney has signaled he intends to play an influential role in the 2016 race in the hopes of preventing another 2012 scenario, when his presidential run was often thrown off kilter by long-shot GOP candidates. He has teamed up with casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to shepherd major donors behind the Republican Party’s most electable candidates and last month hosted a summit in Utah with some of the 2016 contenders.
Christie announced his candidacy Tuesday. Once considered a rising star, the New Jersey governor has seen his popularity and favor with donors shrink due to scandals in the state.