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Chris Christie to join Gen. James Mattis at Spokane fundraiser in October

UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Chris Christie participates in a town hall at Politicon at the Los Angeles Convention Center in this photo from October 2018. Christie will join Gen. Jim Mattis as a speaker at the Washington Policy Center fundraiser dinner this fall in Spokane. (Willy Sanjuan / Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
Chris Christie participates in a town hall at Politicon at the Los Angeles Convention Center in this photo from October 2018. Christie will join Gen. Jim Mattis as a speaker at the Washington Policy Center fundraiser dinner this fall in Spokane. (Willy Sanjuan / Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

Former New Jersey governor and Republican candidate for U.S. president Chris Christie will speak in Spokane at an October fundraiser for the Washington Policy Center.

The think tank, which describes itself as a nonpartisan nonprofit promoting free-market ideals, announced Christie’s appearance in a Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon. Its annual fundraiser, held this year on Oct. 24, has featured prominent conservative voices, including Brexit proponent Nigel Farage and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and Gen. Jim Mattis, who served as U.S. secretary of defense under President Donald Trump until December.

Mattis is also scheduled to speak at the fundraiser, which will take place at the Davenport Grand Hotel downtown. Haley is scheduled to speak at the group’s event this year in Bellevue, slated for Oct. 11.

Christie was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve as U.S. attorney in New Jersey in 2001. He was elected governor of the state in 2009 and launched an unsuccessful campaign for the presidency in 2015. The Trump White House appointed Christie to lead an advisory committee on opioid addiction, a role highlighted by the Washington Policy Center in its announcement of his speech.

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