WEST DES MOINES, IA - DECEMBER 30: Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are interviewed on television after a campaign rally at a Hy Vee supermarket December 30, 2011 in West Des Moines, Iowa. Christie, a popular Republican governor who was urged to run for president earlier this year, appeared with Romney just days before the "first in the nation" Iowa Caucuses. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Mitt Romney is bringing in the heavy hitters to help him sew up Illinois.
The erstwhile GOP presidential front runner called on establishment darling Chris Christie, the New Jersey Governor who himself is fielding phone calls about joining the race, will rally Romney crowds in Elmhurst, Friday.
Romney's Illinois chair, Dan Rutherford tweeted the news Wednesday night.
"Also, I can confirm that Mitt will be at Elmhurst College on Friday, March 16 with Governor Chris Christie at noon in Founder's Lounge."
Romney once looked like a shoo-in to win the Illinois primary. That was back when the Illinois primary didn't matter all that much.
But after a contentious primary season that hasn't produced a lock-down result for Romney, the Land of Lincoln is suddenly in play.