A super PAC supporting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's presidential campaign announced it has raised approximately $11 million since late February.
America Leads announced its fundraising totals in advance of its July 31 deadline, as The Record of northern New Jersey noted, and had $10.7 million cash on hand.
The group has bought air time for televised ads in New Hampshire, a state that may be the determinative stepping stone on Christie's path toward the GOP nomination. The governor visited the Granite State shortly after announcing his candidacy at the end of June, and stayed in town through the July 4th holiday. He is expected to return to the state this week.
The governor will visit Maryland on Wednesday morning, and may be there to publicly receive support from Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who won during the 2014 midterms.
Christie stumped for Hogan during his gubernatorial campaign, and Christie has been spotted wearing a bracelet supporting Hogan's battle against non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer. Hogan, who succeeded Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley's tenure as governor, hosted a fundraiser for Christie earlier this spring.
Christie has already received the support of one Republican governor of a blue state, as Maine Gov. Paul LePage endorsed Christie the day after the New Jersey governor launched his presidential campaign. LePage was the first sitting governor to endorse a GOP presidential candidate. As chairman of the Republican Governors Association during 2014, Christie played a large role in helping Republicans win along the East Coast.