Word has spread that New Jersey governor Chris Christie will speak at a UBS conference on municipal bonds, according to people familiar with the matter.
Christie is one of the most in-demand political speakers in the nation these days. There is talk he could run for president on the GOP ticket, or perhaps be tapped as the running-mate of the nominee.
As a result of the Christie news, the UBS conference scheduled to take place this Thursday at the St Regis hotel in midtown Manhattan, is now standing room only, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Municipal securities have become subject to intense investor scrutiny and interest. Traditionally regarded as safe investments, the bonds issued by state and local governments are now considered riskier thanks to budgetary crises in many areas.
Neither UBS nor Christie's office could be reached for comment immediately.
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