Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton to address Bill Clinton forum

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Cue the 2016 buzz: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton will be among the featured speakers at next month’s meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative America conference.

Sponsored by former President Bill Clinton, the gathering kicks off June 13 in Chicago and will focus on how to create jobs and improve the U.S. economy.

According to a release from the Clinton Foundation, Christie is one of only two Republicans currently slated to address the conference. The other is Scott Smith, mayor of Mesa, Ariz. Other speakers tentatively set to appear include Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chelsea Clinton, actress Eva Longoria and Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers.

It will be Hillary Clinton’s first appearance before the group, which is an offshoot of her husband’s Clinton Foundation.

“I’m thrilled that Hillary will be participating in CGI America for the first time,” the former president said in a statement announcing the conference.

Hillary Clinton is widely considered a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016—though she has repeatedly declined to say whether she will run. At the same time, Christie, who is currently running for re-election in New Jersey, has been eyed as a possible contender for the GOP nomination—though he, too, has declined to speculate on his political future.