CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie says he plans to fight for Republican Bruce Rauner in what he called one of the most important governor's races nationwide.

Gov. Chris Christie, middle, orders food at a restaurant while Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner watches, during a campaign stop in Chicago (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

Christie and Rauner stopped at a Portillo's restaurant downtown Chicago on Friday before heading to an evening fundraiser.

Christie is chairman of the Republican Governors Association. He says the organization is giving another $2.5 million to Rauner's campaign against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. Christie says that's "just another down payment on what we're going to do."

The RGA already has given Rauner $1.5 million.

Quinn and other Democrats criticized Christie and Rauner for opposing gun-safety legislation including a ban on assault-style weapons.

Christie and Rauner say they support "common-sense" legislation. They accused Quinn of trying to distract from his record on reducing violence.

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