New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie headed back to Maine to stump for LePage again

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie swings through Becky's Diner in Portland with Gov. Paul LePage in this May 2014 photo. BDN file photo by Troy Bennett.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie swings through Becky’s Diner in Portland with Gov. Paul LePage in this May 2014 photo. BDN file photo by Troy Bennett.

He said he’d be back.

Republican Governors Association’ chairman and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will return to Maine in August for another party fundraiser and campaign stop with Republican Gov. Paul LePage, who is running for re-election.

The news was originally reported by the Associated Press, and confirmed Tuesday by Maine GOP spokesman David Sorensen.

Christie swung through Maine in May, when he pledged the RGA would spend big money on LePage’s behalf and promised that Maine voters would be seeing him often ahead of November’s election.

Details about Christie’s second visit were largely unavailable, but Sorensen said Christie’s second Maine appearance would take place August 12 somewhere in the Bangor area.

Both political parties have made use of political proxies this year to drum up interest, support and money for their respective candidates. There was Christie’s earlier visit for LePage, and Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s headlining speech at the state GOP convention.

Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate and incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud appeared with the Democratic governors of Massachusetts and Vermont last week. Yesterday, DNC Chairwoman and Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz appeared in Portland to boost Maine’s slate of congressional and gubernatorial candidates, including CD2 candidate and state senator Emily Cain and incumbent 1st District Rep. Chellie Pingree.

Mario Moretto

About Mario Moretto

Mario Moretto has been a Maine journalist, in print and online publications, since 2009. He joined the Bangor Daily News in 2012, first as a general assignment reporter in his native Hancock County and, now, in the State House.