New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson are expected to meet again next month at a Jewish philanthropy event in New York City, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Christie is billed as the featured speaker at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards gala on May 18. Adelson and his wife, who were honored at the event last year, are also expected to attend.
Christie was one of several Republican Party leaders and potential 2016 presidential candidates who attended a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Las Vegas last month. Adelson, the chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corp. and one of the nation’s most generous Republican donors, was present for Christie’s speech.
The casino magnate is said to be looking to help back a Republican who can win in 2016. Christie’s speech went over well, though a reference to a visit to the “occupied territories” of Israel didn’t. The governor is said to have later apologized privately for the remark.
Other guests slated to attend the May event in New York include Sen. Cory Booker and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, along with actor Sean Penn. The gala is run by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a New Jersey personality who ran for Congress in 2012 and served as a spiritual adviser to Michael Jackson.
“It’s not partisan or political. It’s about values,” Boteach said about the event. “The idea is to highlight Jewish values, but not for just Jewish people. It’s universal in nature.”
A spokeswoman for the governor confirmed his attendance, saying Christie was invited to keynote the event.