Tim Pawlenty is the third GOP presidential hopeful to come calling on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
The former Minnesota governor had dinner with Christie at the governor's mansion in Princeton on Thursday. A Christie confidante who was at the table described the dinner as ``a social chat.''
The adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the event was private, said there was no discussion of an endorsement.
Christie has hosted similar dinners for Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and ex-Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Pawlenty recently announced his intention to form a presidential exploratory committee, but has not announced a presidential campaign.
Christie has repeatedly denied any interest in running for president or being vice president.