Chris Christie will court a huge Christian conservative audience later this month as a headline speaker at the annual “Road to Majority” conference of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, chaired by Ralph Reed.
Christie will speak on Friday, June 20 — the middle day of the three-day conference, which is expected to draw 1,500 to 2,000 evangelicals to the Omni Shoreham. The group is drawing a huge array of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, including House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum.
A longtime Republican strategist described Christie’s appearance as “a sign … that he’s serious about seeking the nomination in 2016, and that he’s not going to concede evangelical or pro-family voters to others. He’s doing to make a serious run at those voters, and he’s going to have a story to tell. And if he does so with a smart strategy, he’ll get his fair share of that vote.”