According to Republican insiders, the pair had dinner in Boston on Wednesday, March 13. They reportedly talked about politics, Romney’s presidential campaign, and Christie’s upcoming reelection. CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, also came up. Romney flew to Washington, D.C., the following day to speak at the event, which snubbed the New Jersey governor.

The conversation, sources say, was warm and friendly. Friends of both Republicans say they are closer than most people realize.