After weeks of pre-campaign jaunts to New Hampshire, Chris Christie pivoted earlier this week to Ohio, arguably the most important swing state in the country for Republicans looking to take the White House.
But the New Jersey governor, who's slated to announce later this month his intention to run for president, didn't travel there for any town-hall meeting or casual diner drop-in to woo the state's purple-tinged voters. Instead, after attending an event in New Hampshire earlier on Tuesday, Christie traveled to Cleveland for Game 3 of the NBA Finals, which resume Thursday night.
As several eagle-eyed live tweeters pointed out Tuesday evening, Christie watched the home-team Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors 96-91 in almost-courtside seats, just behind the Cavs' bench. The governor—who's previously said he's a New York Knicks fan—was seated next to Urban Meyer, head football coach of Ohio State University, and near the Cleveland Browns' Joe Haden.
Christie's office did not respond to repeated requests for comment about why he attended the game and who paid for his ticket and travel to the game. The most expensive floor seats in the arena were going for tens of thousands of dollars on secondary ticket markets just ahead of the contest.