But the real schmoozing will take place ahead of the gala, during two exclusive events featuring heftier price tags and more access to the would-be president. Tickets to a two-hour private reception cost $1000 per couple, while access to a "Policy Roundtable" with the governor costs $10,000 per couple, according to an invitation obtained by Seven Days.
Those who pony up $10,000 for the "Calvin Coolidge" package will receive quite the goody bag: two tickets to the roundtable, two tickets to the reception, two seats at Christie's table during the gala, eight additional tickets to the gala, a photo with the gov, "company name or individual name and/or logo displayed on very prominent sign at event," and — get this — free drinks at the reception!
So what happens at a policy roundtable?
"It's just a policy roundtable with some folks and the governor," says Rep. Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe), who is organizing the event with Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. "It's an opportunity for people to discuss some of the issues."
Scheuermann wouldn't say how many people have signed up for the roundtable, but according to Vermont GOP political director Brent Burns, roughly 130 have RSVP-ed for the private reception. He says the waitlist for the gala exceeds 170.
As for how much the party expects to raise from the event?
"I think we will probably be netting $100-grand after costs," Burns says.
But don't expect any live reports from the Miller Centre. The party informed reporters this week that, at the request of Christie's staff, reporters will be barred from the event.
"That was a request made by Gov. Christie's press office," Burns says. "Obviously we're the beneficiary of him coming, so we're going to honor that request."
According to Scheuermann, the party hasn't previously closed such events to the press, but, she says, "I think a lot of things surrounding this are new."
She added, "By having the press there, it becomes a bit of a distraction, I think."