CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the latest possible presidential contender to visit South Carolina, the home of the GOP’s first presidential primary in the South.
Christie was visiting Tuesday as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, attending a pair of fundraisers for Gov. Nikki Haley and a governor’s association event in Charleston.
Earlier in the day, Christie was scheduled to attend a private fundraiser in Wilmington, North Carolina, for Senate candidate Thom Tillis. He also plans a public appearance at a shop there.
Several other potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates have made trips to South Carolina recently.
Last month, Texas Gov. Rick Perry attended a football game between his alma mater, Texas A&M, and South Carolina as part of a two-day visit to the state. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida attended a barbecue held by Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., that has become a premier GOP event.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has made several trips to South Carolina, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was in Columbia for a fundraiser Monday.