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Christie plans several Florida fundraisers for Scott

Engulfed in a media firestorm over the traffic blockade on the George Washington Bridge, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie might be eager to get out of town -- especially to sunny Florida.

He's scheduled to visit next Saturday for a series of fund-raising appearances on behalf of the Republican Governors Association to benefit Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign. As reported by the National Journal, Christie is scheduled to appear with Scott at events in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. "I just hope he (Christie) doesn't snarl up the traffic on the Pensacola bridge," Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, quipped to the Journal.

Republican Party of Florida chairman Lenny Curry said the state GOP welcomes Christie and that his problems at home won't be a distraction.

"It's a New Jersey issue. He addressed it directly, and we'll see when he gets to Florida," Curry said. "I think any Republican governor -- or any Republican, for that matter -- who's high profile and has experienced some success who's willing to come in here and help us raise money and get elected is certainly an asset. We welcome it."

-- Steve Bousquet

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