TRENTON, N.J. (AP/CBSNewYork) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will return to the stump for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday.

Christie will host a lunchtime “Romney for President” rally at Elmhurst College in Illinois.

The rally will be two days after the former Massachusetts governor appeared at a fundraising luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan, and then a $2,500-a-ticket fundraiser at the Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa.

In New York on Wednesday, several hundred Occupy Wall Street protesters greeted Romney harshly, walking around the Waldorf-Astoria behind a black urn they said represented “job cremation.”

They assert that the Republican presidential hopeful made a fortune as a consultant cutting jobs at struggling companies.

The popular GOP governor endorsed Romney after deciding not to enter the presidential race himself. Christie is consistently rumored to be on Romney’s short list for vice president.

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