Christie to address Republican dinner in Macomb

Staff and wire reports

Shelby Township — Expected 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie has scheduled a speech to Michigan Republicans next month.

The Macomb County Republican Party said Monday that the New Jersey governor will be the keynote speaker at its annual Lincoln Dinner fundraiser. It’s scheduled for March 27 at the Palazzo Grande Banquet and Event Center in the Detroit suburb of Shelby Township. Doors open at 5 p.m. A private reception is at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner program begins at 6:30 p.m. Ticket and dinner costs $60.

County GOP chairwoman Linda Torp says in a statement that her party is “ honored that one of the presidential front-runners … has chosen Macomb County for one of his first visits to Michigan as he considers a run for the nomination.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson are also scheduled to attend.

Christie recently delivered speeches in Illinois and in Iowa, another early state in the presidential nominating process.

Christie came to Michigan a few times last year to campaign for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and other state Republicans. His expected March visit follows another potential Republican presidential candidate to visit Michigan. Jeb Bush spoke to the Detroit Economic Club on Feb. 5, where he outlined his vision for a “right to rise society.”