This time last year, Zack Stalberg was preparing for Election Day madness in Philadelphia as head of political watchdog group Committee of Seventy. And the madness, oh it came. But this year, with a comparatively light lineup on November 5th at Philadelphia’s polling places, Stalberg is mostly busy with preparations for Seventy’s impending visitor: Chris Christie.
The Governor of New Jersey will speak at the Bellevue on November 14th for Seventy’s annual fundraiser, which is known simply as The Annual Breakfast. (Can some branding genius out there please help Seventy find a new name for this thing?) A table will set you back at least $5,000.
“We don’t really do single tickets,” explains Stalberg. “This one event accounts for over half of our annual budget.”
It’s Christie’s second appearance at the breakfast, having been the guest of honor in 2010 during his first year in office. Other speakers have included Vice President Joe Biden, Ed Rendell, the late Arlen Specter, political commentator James Carville, MSNBC personalities Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and Mayor Michael Nutter, just after winning election way back in 2007.
The event starts at 8 a.m. and goes until 9:30 a.m. “Or maybe even ten,” Stalberg says. “Basically, it’s whenever the Governor feels like he wants to stop talking.”