Christie's fundraising prowess offers a comeback path

On Wednesday, Christie was slated to be in central Florida for appearances in Largo and Lakeland on behalf of Republican Gov. Rick Scott, but that trip was cancelled at the last minute due to flash flooding in the state with reports of at least one fatality.

“Governor Christie spoke with Governor Scott early this morning to offer his condolences and to provide any support Florida may need as they work to recover from historic flooding,” Christie spokesperson Maria Comella said on Wednesday.

Next week, Christie will head north to Maine for a Portland fundraiser for Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election bid.

After a few weeks back home to deal with the Garden State’s budget debate, Christie is scheduled to raise money for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam in back-to-back events in their states on May 29-30, respectively.

After that, it’s off to Pennsylvania where he will keynote a June 9 reception in Philadelphia on behalf of vulnerable Republican Gov. Tom Corbett.

According to Christie’s political team, the invitations are piling up faster than they can be answered. “Governor Christie continues to be a major draw nationwide,” said Mike DuHaime, his chief political consultant.