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Gov. Christie to Join Henry Kissinger for N.Y. Fundraiser to Bolster N.J. GOP

Alex Constantine - April 18, 2011

By Chris Megerian
The Star-Ledger | March 30, 2011

9435374 large - Gov. Christie to Join Henry Kissinger for N.Y. Fundraiser to Bolster N.J. GOPTRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie is joining foreign policy veteran Henry Kissinger for a New York City fundraiser on April 7.

Donations will bolster the New Jersey Republican Party as it seeks to regain control of the state Legislature in the November election.

The fundraiser will be held at the Soho Grand Hotel, according to two sources with knowledge of the event.

Donors looking to attend will need to fork over $1,000 per person for the cocktail hour and $25,000 for dinner.

The state GOP declined to comment on details of the fundraiser or how much money it hopes to pull in.

"We're not going to comment on finance events," spokesman Rick Gorka said.

Kissinger played a crucial role in American foreign policy during the Cold War and Vietnam conflict, and remained in demand as an adviser after leaving government service.

He's also friendly with former Gov. Tom Kean, Christie's political mentor and the former chair of the 9/11 Commission.

Kean said Kissinger awards fundraisers sparingly.

"It's a credit to Christie," Kean said. "Henry usually does fundraisers for people in Congress who are active in foreign policy."


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