Presidential hopefuls former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and New Jersey’s own Governor Chris Christie will make Saddle River ground zero for their presidential faceoff tonight as the two prepare to hold fundraisers there, according to a report by NorthJersey.com.
Both candidates are struggling in the polls. Today, a national Quinnipiac poll put Bush in at five percent. Christie didn’t even register as he did not crack three percent. Tonight’s two fundraisers demonstrate that both candidates are both looking to tap in to the wealthy Bergen County demographic as both of their campaigns seem to be continually overshadowed by the likes of Donald Trump (currently at 27 percent) in the crowded Republican presidential field. That poll had Florida Senator Marco Rubio clocking in at 17 percent and Ben Carson and Texas Senator Ted Cruz tied at 16 percent. Like Christie, none of the other candidates had support over three percent.
With numbers so low, it is evident that both candidates are looking to demonstrate that, though they numbers are not in their favor, neither will be dropping out any time soon. Additionally, high cost fundraisers like these (admission to both starts at $1,000) will provide candidates with much-needed funds to continue to keep national presence strong.
Bush’s fundraiser was organized by Jets owner Woody Johnson, state Sen. Joe Kyrillos and GOP fundraiser Gail Gordon. It will be at the home of George and Elisabeth Altirs.
Christie’s fundraiser was organized by the Saddle River Republican Club and will be at the home of Francis and Kristen Walsh.
While today’s poll doesn’t show much hope for Christie moving forward, he recently got some good news with a weekend endorsement out of New Hampshire.