February 18th, 2014
09:15 PM ET

Chris Christie attends private fundraiser; postpones town hall

Scandal plagued New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hit his fourth city Tuesday fundraising for the Republican party.

The fundraiser took place behind those doors at the Harvard Club in New York City.

The event was chock full of major Republican donors, supporters, and lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

But for the second time in a row, Christie postponed a town hall meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning due to snowy weather conditions in his state.

It is now rescheduled for Thursday.

It will be the first time Christie faces questions in person from voters since the George Washington bridge scandal exploded.

Christie vehemently denies knowing anything about his administration's involvement in shutting down lanes on Bridge for political retribution.

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Host of New Jersey Capital Report Steve Adubato and CNN political commentator Paul Begala about the appearance of Christie spending a lot of time on fundraisers, but not much time speaking directly with the New Jersey voters.

"He needs to demonstrate that he is the governor governing the state." Adubato said, "He's got to hold that town meeting and answer all the questions. Totally unscripted."

In Adubato's new book, "You Are the Brand", he devoted a chapter called "Governor Chris Christie: When Being "Blunt" is Your Brand" to Christie's straight forward approach.

"This is who the people elected, and the irony is that while people say they want honesty and candor in their elected officials, when they get it in spades it can be surprisingly upsetting to some. Chris Christie’s popularity hovers around 50 percent at the time of this writing, and I’m not convinced he’s ever going to be as “Reaganesque” as Wall Street Journal’s William McGurn claimed when he complimented Christie for “offering the voters a dose of Reagan republicanism—with a Jersey twist.” But that’s not really the point. The fact is, Chris Christie tells it the way he sees it."

However,  for this upcoming town hall, Adubato said the governor will need to be a 'kinder, gentler Chris Christie - tough and strong, but not as in your face."

Democratic Strategist Paul Begala disagreed with Adubato, saying the New Jersey governor doesn't have a "kinder, gentler gear".

"If he could go an hour at a town hall meeting and not call one of his own constituents an idiot, I'll be impressed," Begala said.

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