New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will be making a stop in Vermont Wednesday to address nearly 700 Republican Party members. The event will be held in Essex Junction and it's sold out, but there aren't any media outlets on the guest list.
The Vermont GOP invited Christie to speak at the "Welcome Winter Gala." The event will be held at the fairgrounds in Essex Junction and could cost some supporters thousands of dollars. Tickets range from $50 for the gala to $10,000 for a seat at the Policy Roundtable with Christie.
But there won't be any record of what's discussed because the Vermont GOP planning committee and the Christie administration have decided not to allow the media into the event.
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott says there were a few factors that led them to this decision.
"It's somewhat new to us here in Vermont, we like to open things up, certainly we're accessible as elected officials all the time, but that's not what's normally done, I guess, on the national scene. They said that if we opened it up that would take up quite a bit of space, maybe allowing some of the national press in, which would not allow us to have as many people in," said Scott, R-Vermont.
This isn't the first closed fundraiser held in Vermont. First lady Michelle Obama attended two fundraisers in Burlington in 2011 and both were closed to the media. But she did speak to the press at a separate event.
Gov. Christie will not address the press during his visit.
All of the money raised Wednesday night will go to the state party. They hope to raise about $200,000-$300,000.
"We really wanted to keep the prices down for the event so that everyone could come and we wanted to promote Vermont products. Buying local is something that's important to me and I wanted to be sure that we did at this event," Scott said.
The gala will begin at 7 p.m. Those in attendance will be allowed to live tweet.
We reached out to the Christie administration for comment on the decision to close the gala to all media, but they had not yet responded to our requests when this story was published.
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