Chris Christie and Butch Otter Will Be Two Elephants in the Room



He's the most popular figure in the Republican Party right now, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will head to Idaho in early December to spread around some of his political capital.

Christie, fresh from a landslide re-election to remain the Garden State's governor, will be in Coeur d'Alene Friday, Dec. 6 to raise funds for the GOP and, in particular, Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter for his own re-election campaign. $50 gets you in the room at the Coeur d'Alene Resort. $1,000 gets you into a VIP reception with Christie and Otter.

Christie, 51, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, boosted his popularity and national profile with his adept handling of relief efforts after Superstorm Sandy wrecked havoc on his state. Christie fought hard for federal relief while comforting victims in devastated neighborhoods. But he also created a mini-tempest, at the height of the 2012 presidential election when some accused him of cozying up to President Barack Obama while touring the damage.

And he is the center of a current media storm as Time Magazine's current cover story. With the headline, "The Elephant In the Room, How Chris Christie Can Win Over the GOP," the magazine's cover shows the rotund Christie in profile.

"Well, he's obviously a big guy," said Time Executive Editor Michael Duffy. "He's obviously a big Republican. But he's also done a really huge thing here this week. He stood astride the Republican Party and said, 'Stop. We don't have to make our whole appeal about narrow base issues.' And that campaign showed it with the demographics you talked about."