Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady was the only Republican in a four-way primary to show up to a fund-raiser headlined by Chris Christie.
Brady told reporters before the event he couldn’t understand why others didn’t show up.
“Listen, Chris Christie has raised a record amount of money I think for Mitt Romney,” Brady said. “He’s very popular, there’s over 1,600 people I think here today in Chicago because he’s intriguing. He’s bold and he has initiatives that we need.”
Reporters asked Brady, a state senator from Bloomington, about his being the only gubernatorial candidate running in the Illinois primary race to attend the event.
“I can’t imagine why. They’ll have to speak to why they’re not here,” he said.
Christie, a New Jersey Republican, is also the head of the Republican Governors Association, which has in the past given millions of dollars to Republican Illinois gubernatorial candidates — including to Brady in 2010.
After winning the primary, Brady lost narrowly to incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn.
The primary is March 18.