After delivering the keynote speech at the annual NJ Chamber of Commerce 'Walk to Washington' dinner, Gov. Chris Christie is staying down in the nation's capital.

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That is because today kicks off the three-day winter meeting of the National Governor's Association .

The conference gives Christie an opportunity to court top Republican donors for his anticipated presidential run. It also comes at a critical point for the governor.

Christie has been struggling to raise money as he competes against Jeb Bush for establishment support, and looks to preserve his top-tier status in the GOP party.

His aides say that he has an aggressive schedule of meetings with governors and fundraisers.