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Rep. Pete King said he won't be going to the Southampton fundraiser that Rudy Giuliani is co-hosting on Aug. 24 for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's re-election campaign.

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"I would go if I could," said King (R-Seaford), explaining that he already had plans with friends for that day.

In his flirtation with a presidential run. King's most formidable obstacle could be Christie, another Northeast Republican who big-footed King's claim to the role of the GOP's national security hawk. The $3,800 a person afternoon cocktail party is being held at the home of Clifford Sobel.