Chris Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie introduces Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan during an inaugural ceremony at the statehouse, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/23/2015 10:03 AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a reliable source of entertainment – and inspiration – for California Republicans, will keynote the state party’s spring convention, organizers said Friday.

Christie, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, will address Republican activists at a luncheon during the Sacramento convention on the last weekend in February.

California Republicans, a minority in this heavily Democratic state, have long pointed to Christie as evidence that a Republican can overcome a Democratic voter registration advantage. Christie did so in New Jersey in 2009.

In California, Christie campaigned for Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari last year, and for Meg Whitman in 2010.

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