New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is lending his fundraising power to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s efforts to elect a more conservative Legislature in Louisiana.
Christie is the headliner at a Sept. 29 fundraiser for the Louisiana Republican Party’s “victory fund.”
“This is going to be the event where we raise money to make it all happen,” Timmy Teepell, Jindal’s campaign adviser, said Tuesday.
The event will be held at a Baton Rouge residence. Teepell said he did not know the name of the homeowner.
Tickets start at $10,000 and top out at $100,000.
Teepell said the fundraiser is the only event planned to generate money for a victory fund to help conservative candidates.
He said the governor wants to ensure that conservatives are elected to the state House, state Senate and the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
With few opponents challenging his re-election bid, the governor is focusing on other races, namely those that affect which of his proposals succeed and which of his leadership choices advance.
Christie is repaying a favor by helping the governor raise money. Jindal helped with Christie’s gubernatorial campaign.
Jindal said Tuesday he is not trying to retaliate against BESE for spurning his choice of interim superintendent. “It’s not about the superintendent selection,” he said.
Jindal said he expects significant, natural turnover on the 11-member board that oversees public education in Louisiana. “I want to make sure that we don’t go backward,” he said.
U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., made a $10,000 contribution to the fund in July even though his 6-year-old Louisiana Committee for a Republican Majority also aims to elect conservative public officials.
Teepell said the GOP’s victory fund contains $700,000. He said the goal is to raise another $1.2 million.
He said the governor, like Vitter, plans to announce what seats are targeted for a change in leadership.
Vitter already announced that he wants to make 10 Louisiana House seats and four state Senate seats Republican in the Oct. 22 primary.
Jindal’s efforts to elect a more conservative Legislature come after a less than successful session for him.
The Legislature rejected his proposals to sell prisons and to merge New Orleans colleges.
At BESE, the governor has been unable to get enough votes to make John White interim superintendent of education. White holds the job of superintendent of the Recovery School District.