Christie heads to the Capitol

This could be a big week for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s effort to get into the national spotlight.

Christie, often mentioned as a 2016 presidential candidate, is scheduled Monday to address freshmen Republicans on Capitol Hill. Later in the week, he’ll chair the Republican governors’ confeerence in Florida.

Democrats Monday will have Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., top budget committee Democrat, address their new members.

So why Christie and not a member of Congress, Roll Call asked Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich. House Administration Committee chairwoman?

“This is a man that is certainly not afraid to take on criticism, not afraid to lead. And I think that his message of smaller government, less government regulations, that sort of Republican message and the way that he delivers it, I think, will be very well received by the new Republican members,” Miller said.

Christie was active campaigning for Republicans around the country this fall. Republicans will control 31 governorships.