President Barack Obama will attend a private event in the are tonight while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cancels a breakfast appearance.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie canceled his scheduled appearance at the Committee of Seventy’s Annual breakfast a day ahead of the event. According to officials with the committee, the governor’s staff claimed Christie is “just not feeling well at all.”
A Christie spokesman says the governor is fighting off a cold and had to cut back his schedule so he couldn't speak before the Philadelphia good-government group Committee of Seventy on Thursday.
The seventh annual fundraiser was scheduled to take place at the Bellevue Hotel on Broad and Walnut between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The Committee, a nonpartisan government watchdog and think tank, says they donated food that would have been served to the needy.
Officials say more than 600 people were expected to attend. It has now been rescheduled for a date that has yet to be determined.
“Obviously we are very sorry for any inconvenience that results from this cancellation and we hope Governor Christie is better soon,” said Zack Stalberg, Seventy’s president and CEO.
The group says it would reschedule Christie's talk. Stalberg told NBC10 that they weren't upset that Christie was still going to a later event and that they understood why he canceled the breakfast.
His spokesman says Christie will make an airline service announcement at Newark Liberty International Airport later in the day.
Christie canceled attending a Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, one day after he made numerous appearances on the Sunday TV talk shows.
Christie is considered a likely candidate in the 2016 presidential election and will serve as chairman of the Republican Governors Association starting next year.
President Barack Obama is still expected to be in the area tonight as he attends a private Democratic fundraiser.