Christie to headline fundraising dinner for House GOP

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will headline House Republicans' annual fundraising dinner this year.

Christie, a rising star in the GOP, will keynote the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) dinner on March 30, the committee announced Friday.

“Governor Christie has become a highly regarded Republican since winning his gubernatorial race in 2009, and we are excited that he will be joining us in March," NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas) said in a statement. "With his credentials and experience, his address will be of great value to our supporters as we continue to build on our historic gains for 2012.”

For Christie, the dinner represents an opportunity for him to burnish his credentials with Republican lawmakers. He's been talked about as a potential future candidate for president or vice president, though he has vehemently denied interest in running.

The NRCC dinner and another fundraiser held jointly between the NRCC and National Republican Senatorial Committee have been stopping points for Republicans considering a run for president.

Speakers at the NRCC dinner in recent years have included Sean Hannity and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.