NJ's Chris Christie to attend Haley inauguration

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Presidential contender and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will take part in Gov. Nikki Haley's inauguration on Wednesday as part of his role as chairman of the Republican Governor's Association.

Christie will also take part in a private meet-and-greet tied to his potential run for president, to be held in the office of Columbia attorney Leighton Lord of the firm Nexsen Pruet.

Lord knows Christie from when they were in college together at the University of Delaware, and served on student government, he said.

Lord said he was inviting a number of people interested in meeting Christie ahead of a possible run for the White House. Lord is also chairman of Santee Cooper, South Carolina's electric and water utility.

Meanwhile, Haley's office said they welcomed Christie's participation.

"Gov. Christie is a good friend of Gov. Haley, so we are glad he's coming to the inaugural," press secretary Chaney Adams said Friday.

It is one of several inaugurals Christie is attending this season.

Haley will be inaugurated in a ceremony that begins at 11 a.m. Wednesday on the Statehouse steps.

Christie was in Charleston with Haley last September, appearing with her during her re-election campaign against Democrat Vincent Sheheen. The two worked the crowd inside Moe's Southwest Grill at King and Calhoun streets.

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