- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a stop in Maryland on Wednesday to raise more than $400,000 to support Republican Larry Hogan’s campaign for governor.

Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, said he believes Hogan can win in the heavily Democratic state, where registered Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by a ratio of 2-1.

“That’s why I’m here, and the RGA is going to be here to help him because we think we’ve got a real chance here now,” Christie said as he walked into the closed fundraiser at the Redwood Restaurant in downtown Bethesda.

Christie, a two-term governor, noted he has demonstrated Republicans can win in a state with more Democratic voters.

“These races can be won,” he said. “I’m proof of it, and that’s why I’m here.”

Hogan is using public campaign financing, which means he will be eligible for about $2.6 million to spend on his campaign, and his campaign will be limited to spending that much.

The fundraiser with Christie was held by the Maryland Republican Party, and the proceeds will go to a Hogan Victory Fund. The state GOP created the fund, which can spend up to $1.8 million on behalf of Hogan’s candidacy in addition to what Hogan’s own campaign spends.

Hogan, a real estate broker from Anne Arundel County, said it was the most money raised at a single fundraiser on behalf of his gubernatorial bid. He said about 62 people attended.

“We’re very excited about it,” Hogan said of Christie’s appearance. “It’s a huge boost to our campaign.”

Hogan is running against Democratic Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown.

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