Chris Christie strains again for Allan Fung in Rhode Island

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PROVIDENCE — Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to campaign for Republican congressional candidate Allan W. Fung on Federal Hill Monday afternoon.

Fung, a former mayor of Cranston, is running against Democratic State Treasurer Seth Magaziner for the 2nd Congressional District seat that Democratic U.S. Representative James R. Langevin is releasing.

The race is gaining national attention because Fung topped Magaziner in the Boston Globe/Suffolk University and WPRI-12/Roger Williams University polls. The only New England Republican currently serving in the US House or Senate is Maine Senator Susan Collins.

Christie, whose son attends Providence College, plans to meet Fung ahead of Joe Marzilli’s Old Canteen, an iconic Italian restaurant on Atwells Avenue. The two men will have “a walkabout on Federal Hill and a press group this afternoon,” according to a statement from the Fung campaign.

Last week on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Christie said he was open to another run for president in 2024. Christie ran for president in 2016 but dropped out of the race after finishing sixth in the New Hampshire primary.

Christie ended up becoming an adviser to President Donald J. Trump, helping him prepare for debates in the 2020 election cycle, but he said the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising in the U.S. Capitol stemmed from Trump saying without proof that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

Christie also campaigned with Fung on Federal Hill in 2014, when Christie was president of the Republican Governors Association and Fung was running for governor against Democrat Gina M. Raimondo. “I’m very optimistic about our possibilities here,” Christie told the Providence Journal at the time. “I don’t go places where we can’t win.”

But in the 2014 gubernatorial race, Raimondo beat Fung, 40.7% to 36.2%, while Cool Moose Party founder Robert J. Healey Jr. won 21.4% of the vote. voice.


Edward Fitzpatrick can be contacted at edward.fitzpatrick@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @FitzProv.

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