NJ Gov. Christie to campaign for Rauner in Chicago

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CHICAGO (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be in Chicago to support Bruce Rauner’s campaign for Illinois governor.

Christie and Rauner are scheduled to visit a Chicago-area business Friday afternoon. Christie will headline an evening fundraiser for Rauner at a Chicago hotel.

Christie is chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The group sees Rauner’s race against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn as one of its top two opportunities to pick up a governorship in November. It has donated $1.5 million to Rauner’s campaign.

Christie has recently heightened his public profile in the wake of allegations of a political payback scandal. He’s seen as a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

His visit won’t be without its detractors. Groups supporting gay marriage and other causes say they plan to protest outside the fundraiser.

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