N.J. governor to skip GOP fundraising dinner

JACKSON – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is skipping a Mississippi Republican Party fundraising dinner to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
Christie was set to speak Wednesday at the $250-a-ticket event to honor Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who’s in his final year in office.
A spokesman for the New Jersey GOP said Christie is focusing on storm cleanup.
Christie and Barbour have spoken recently. Christie said he called Barbour before Irene reached New Jersey to ask for advice about dealing with the storm.
Earlier this year, Barbour toured several states with early presidential primaries or caucuses before announcing that he wouldn’t enter the 2012 race for the White House.

The Associated Press