A $10,000 lunch with Chris Christie in Atlanta

Cue the traffic jokes. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be in Atlanta on March 7 to raise money for the Republican Governors Association alongside Gov. Nathan Deal.

According to the above invitation obtained by the Insider, a ticket for the luncheon reception at East Lake Golf Club will set you back $10,000, or if you have real change to spare you can pick up two tickets and become a co-chair for $25,000.

Christie, fighting to regain his political footing amid the Fort Lee traffic scandal, held the first town hall meeting of his second term Thursday.


David Perdue is slightly ahead with 12.7 percent, followed by Jack Kingston and Paul Broun at 10.9 percent, Phil Gingrey at 10.4 percent and Karen Handel at 10.2 percent.

“Undecided,” at 42.7 percent, is winning in a romp.

Handel is setting the stage for Saturday's GAGOP debate in Gainesville with a web video casting her as "different" from the congressmen in the race.


National Journal has a piece looking at Kingston's health care plan. If you live in Georgia, you help pay for it:

"Jack," his campaign wrote in a memo last fall, "is the only candidate in this race that has voted to eliminate taxpayer-funded insurance subsidies for Members of Congress and their staffs."

But what the memo didn't mention—and what Kingston doesn't talk about on the trail—is that Georgia taxpayers are footing as much as 75 percent of the bill for his own health insurance. That's because Kingston, 58, receives health coverage through a plush package that has allowed him access to a lifetime of subsidized health benefits due to his past service in the Georgia statehouse.


Following up on Thursday's franking discussion, Kingston actually called for banning most franking privileges when he first ran for Congress in 1992.


The fight by liberal groups against Georgia federal judicial nominee Michael Boggs escalated Thursday with a letter to Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 27 groups running the gamut from NARAL Pro-Choice America to MoveOn.org. The inclusion of the Human Rights Campaign in formally denouncing Boggs amounts to a big move by the LGBT community.

The theme unifying the left, from the letter:

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