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Christie Brings in the Bucks at Romney Fundraiser

July 18, 2012
Gov. Chris Christie drummed up support, and dollars, for presidential candidate Mitt Romney this morning at a breakfast and roundtable meeting held at the Willard Hotel

To get into the breakfast reception cost $250, but those wanting to get in on the private roundtable meeting had to drop $10,000, or raise $20,000 for the Romney campaign.

International Franchise Association president Stephen Caldeira, one of 20 event co-chairs, was in attendance and estimated that about 300 people were there.

"I can't speak specifically to what they raised," Caldeira said, but "my sense is it's several hundred thousand."

K Street was out in full force, with attendees including American Petroleum Institute president and CEO Jack Gerard, DDC Advocacy chairman and CEO B.R. McConnon and Mark Isakowitz of Fierce, Isakowitz and Blalock.

Christie's name has been floated as a potential veep candidate, although he doesn't seem to be the most likely candidate. But the New Jersey governor reportedly will be the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention in August.

Caldeira said that Christie "was great, very charismatic" this morning, essentially driving home a message that "this election offers a clear choice between the president, who doesn't understand what it takes to create jobs" and "candidate Mitt Romney, who believes in the entrepreneurial spirit and ingenuity," Caldeira said.

Check out the invite after the jump.

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