Donald Trump is using his star power to help New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his state's Republican Party out of a tough spot. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee will hold a fundraiser Thursday with Christie to help pay off the New Jersey governor’s $250,000 debt from his failed presidential campaign.
The pair will headline a separate fundraiser for the state GOP. Trump’s own event, which will feature Christie, has been billed as a rally, but unlike his regular rallies, this one costs $200 per ticket.
If you want to watch Trump and Christie speak at the fundraising event Thursday night, you can do so in the live stream below. Trump and Christie are expected to speak at 7 p.m. EDT at the National Guard Armory in Lawrenceville, N.J.
The separate, private event for the New Jersey Republican Party costs $25,000 per ticket, and the funds from that will go toward the $525,000 the party incurred in legal fees while responding to subpoenas about the George Washington Bridge scandal — more commonly referred to as Bridgegate — that hindered Christie’s political ambitions, the Associated Press reported.
Though Christie clashed with Trump when both men were running for the Republican presidential nomination, the New Jersey governor dropped out of the race in February after a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary. After exiting the race, Christie endorsed Trump and has since appeared with him at various events throughout the primary season.
While it’s not unusual for primary candidates to raise funds to help former rivals pay off campaign debt, the format of a rally for this kind of event is rare.
Christie’s endorsement of Trump initially came as a surprise to many in the political sphere, as the two had engaged in sharp attacks during the early Republican debates. Trump continued to lash out at many of his competitors as he went on to win the majority of the primary contests, and most of his former rivals have not endorsed him after exiting the race.
As Trump prepares for the final primary contests and moves toward the Republican National Convention this summer, he has begun to reconcile with party leaders and members of the GOP establishment. Still, House Speaker Paul Ryan has said more work will need to be done to bring the party together by this summer.