DOVER, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is heading west this week to lend his support to a host of Republican candidates, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Christie begins his whirlwind tour on Thursday in Washington, where he will appear at three events for gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna. On Friday he's scheduled to appear at fundraising events in Montana for gubernatorial candidate Rick Hill and U.S. Senate candidate Denny Rehberg.

The campaign trip concludes with two stops on Saturday.

Christie will appear in North Dakota to stump for Gov. Jack Dalrymple, U.S. Senate candidate Rick Berg and Congressional candidate Kevin Cramer. He'll then head to Michigan to attend fundraising events for Romney and the state Republican Party.