Christie rises to number two spot at Republican Governors Association
September 7th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
3 years ago

Christie rises to number two spot at Republican Governors Association

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – He's not running for president, but Chris Christie is stepping up his political activity on the national stage.

The New Jersey governor, one of the most popular elected officials within the GOP, has been tapped by his peers to serve as Vice Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, CNN has learned.

Christie now becomes one of the top two figures at the RGA, under Chairman Bob McDonnell, the governor of Virginia.

As one of the GOP's most in-demand speakers, Christie is set to travel the country raising money for the organization, helping him boost his profile among donors and activists nationwide as he and McDonnell seek to elect Republican governors during the 2011 and 2012 election cycles.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, another leading figure among conservatives thanks to his crusade against public sector unions in Madison earlier this year, has been elevated to the RGA's executive committee, the main decision-making body within the organization.

RGA Executive Director Phil Cox called both governors "effective reform-minded governors" and "strong voices for our party and for our principles."

With the promotions of Christie and Walker, the list of RGA chairmen and executive committee members now reads like a who's-who of possible vice presidential candidates and potential 2016 White House hopefuls.

McDonnell and Christie are both sure bets for vice presidential shortlists in 2012, as is Walker.

Also serving on the RGA executive committee are Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

The Democratic Governors quickly criticized the Christie choice.

“The RGA’s decision to name Governor Christie as their Vice Chair shows that they care more about tough-guy rhetoric and YouTube hits than actual results. Let’s look at the facts. Since becoming governor, Christie has made devastating cuts to schools, raised property taxes, killed thousands of jobs with his opposition to the ARC tunnel, and even forced a downgrade of his state’s bond rating," DGA Spokeswoman Elisabeth Smith said in a statement. "His shtick may make for good copy, but it has had dire consequences for the people of New Jersey.”


Filed under: Bob McDonnell • Chris Christie • RGA
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. diridi

    I bet this dude is smart, he does not want to get into this mud....o.k,

    September 7, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  2. ConservaFASCISTS/TEAliban/TEAhadists

    Congrats Gov. Obesity. Now he can take all the helicopter rides he wants and charge it to the RGA.

    September 7, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Christie played the Democratic controlled state legislature to pass anti-union legislation. You don't want to cut any deals with him. Christie and the Democrats negotiated legislation that gave the Governer what he wanted, in exchange for what the Democrats wanted. The bill passed both chambers of the state legislature. When the bill reached his desk, Gov. Christie used his line item veto to delete all of the concessions he had made to the Democrats. He had lied to them.

    New Jersey also faces some budget problems because of the Christie administration. He granted tax cuts for the wealthy, quite naturally, which created a budget deficit. So, he cut money out of the state education to pay for it. When his staff fumbled the ball on a $450M education grant from DC, he pushed the state further into the hole. This last is what motivated the deception he pulled on state Democrats.

    Christie also killed jobs by stopping a high speed rail project in NJ, which was to serve the entire northeast. Christie claimed the project was going to run over budget. Seeing how the project was in its' final phase, with hundreds of millions already spent and schedules met, Christie's allegation defied the facts. So, DC decided to back charge NJ, for their role in creating a high speed rail to what is now nowhere, to the tune of several hundred million dollars. Christie is held high as a model conservative for all Republicans.

    September 7, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "RGA Executive Director Phil Cox called both governors "effective reform-minded governors" and "strong voices for our party and for our principles."

    Whatever. Both men (Chris Christie and Scott Walker) are just as likely to be voted out, dragging their "strong voices and party principles" behind them into political obscurity. As goes the GOP/TeaPers, so goes Christie, and Walker, and Haley, and Rick Scott, and all the other incompetent "extremists". Paraphrasing Tim Pawlenty, you can only blow so many sparklers up your butts before even the most dim-witted of voters get the picture of being used –for money and for votes–and then tossed aside like the garbage most these politico's think voters actually are.

    September 7, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Nice to know that the rnc likes people who hate the middle class. Nothing says loser and anti middle class like walker from WI.
    VP candidates McDonnell a confederacy throwback; walker a teabagger and Christie who can hardly walk with all that girth but he sure changed his tune when NJ needs fed money after Irene. Then again, just another rethug whore out for money when it's necessary for them. Good luck. Any of those willl be one step lower than the quittedr and wwe know what happened to that campaign!

    September 7, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. Tommy Boy

    I like Chris Christie. I am a Pennsylvania democrat but would consider voting for him if he was the republican nominee for POTUS. My only negative comment on Chris is that I wish he would keep Jerseyites out of Pennsylvania where all they do is drive in the left lane.....non-stop.

    September 7, 2011 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Bayonne Bill

    His only chance is to go national because he is one and done in New Jersey.

    September 7, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Publius Novus

    "[O]ne of the most popular elected officials within the GOP?" Gov. Bull Bullie's approval rating in NJ is 47, with a disapproval of 46. I know the MSM loves Gov. Bullie, but could we get even a little closer to the facts?

    September 7, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. ken

    Given what these new Republicans are wanting to do and have done to our country and society, I am of the opinion that voting these clowns back into positions of power and into the position of a majority would only serve to place our country and society in a state of societial slavery being the "Havenots" becoming the lower class of slaves to the "Haves" whowould control the purse strings so as not to allow the middle class to progress and causing the poor to become even more poor. That eventually would progress us to a state of revolution and the final destruction of our country positioning us to be taken over by China without firing a shot.

    September 7, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. roro

    Oh, Lord, please take him anywhere away from New Jersey. You're all welcome to him.

    September 7, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Remember citizens of New Jersey....if you ever question what he does......"IT"S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS"!!

    September 7, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Bill

    We love him in NJ. But if your a public worker you hate him, why should he go after my benefits, even if they are 10 times better than the people who pay my wages. He has an approval rating of 54% this morning. Go Chris we the workers and tax payers of NJ love what your doing. Now go after tenure and police and fireman retiring at 45 yr old. Go get them.

    September 7, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Jay

    Mr.Chrisy...there is still time to enter for 2012. We need you,sir.

    September 7, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Given the voter discontent with these Republican governors, he could be in a much smaller club that he anticipated come November 2012. On the other hand, he could become one of the 9% of Americans looking for work himself.

    September 7, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  15. Cigarman

    I am very surprised that the Republican party did not kick Christie out of the Republican Party, instead of promoting him. Christie was actually standing next to Obama in a photo-op the other day, But when you are Groveling for aid like Christie was, what is one to expect.

    September 7, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Extending unemployment benefits does not put people back to work or create jobs due to some convoluted " trickle up" theory about how an economy works. But it is very good at doing what the Obama Administration has been very effective at: increasing debt and unemployment. This is his plan?"

    Actually, studies by both the Dept. of Labor (Dubya told them to do it) and by CBO both concluded that during a recession the single most beneficial and effective tool available to the government for stabilizing the economy and preventing the loss of jobs (albeit not necessarily the creation of jobs) is unemployment insurance. BOTH STUDIES PLACED TAX CUTS FOR THE WEALTHY AT THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST. The reality is, when you want to create a Keynesian stimulus to fix a recession, you need two things: (1) first, measures that stabilize and prevent job losses (unemployment insurance) and (2) second, measures that will help create jobs, even in the short-term, which act to increase demand by making more expendable income available to additional CONSUMERS (not suppliers)..i.e., things like an infrastructure bank that will put thousands of construction workers to work fixing roads and bridges. The latter, particualrly the example given, often have secondary stimulative effects, such as reducing the fuel and repair costs generated by bad roads and detours around failing bridges that are suffered by trucking/shipping companies and those who employ them to ship their consumer goods.

    BTW, you quoetd the article for saying what Obama is "expected' to say...which, altho likely correct, is STILL speculation.

    September 7, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Given his girth, he actually takes up the 2, 3 and 4 spots ...

    September 7, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  18. ted

    I would expect then that Christie would be in a position to tell Cantor, Boner and McClownell to release lots of federal funds now to assist the states adversely affected by Hurricane Irene to rebuild roads and bridges and other infrastructure. NJ got hit bad and VT got hit even worse. Come on big boy, show the three musketeers who is boss.

    September 7, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Charles N...

    When I look at Chris Christie I see a man that wants to be the enormous walrus on the beach attempting to hoard and control the breeding stock. Chris Christie, because someone has to be that fat loud walrus on the beach (in a man thong).

    September 7, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    "Now go after tenure and police and fireman retiring at 45 yr old."

    Cite your source; how often does this happen? And count only those who retire in good health, not the ones who retire at 45 on disability from being injured in the line of duty.

    September 7, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  21. Sal

    Christie is just one big fat slob! And all you jersey people that voted for this pig are dumber than dog poop!

    September 7, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  22. doug

    The leeches, thugs, and mobsters hate Christie, thier little hate filled lemmings like you see on Jersey Shore hate him too.

    All the good hearted people in New Jersey love this man. He is doing very well in this ultra lib Democrat "how u doin" I would rather my child grow up to be a mob boss than doctor state.

    September 7, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  23. JonDie

    How about Kevin James in a movie called The Chris Christie Story?

    September 7, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "Seeing how the project was in its' final phase, with hundreds of millions already spent and schedules met, Christie's allegation defied the facts. So, DC decided to back charge NJ, for their role in creating a high speed rail to what is now nowhere, to the tune of several hundred million dollars."

    Yes, but it would have employed over 6,000 construction workers. Can't have that. They pay union dues, you know....and besides, failing to act swiftly to prevent the creation of more jobs while President Darky is in office? Are you crazy? The RNC would have excommunicated him from teh Church of Conservatism if he let it go forward.

    September 7, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  25. doug

    Chris Christie may be the only man alive who can save our great nation.

    I think he knows he has to do it. If Obama gets a second term than all the Americans right of center will be rounded up and locked away in camps. This is what National Socialsts do when they no longer have to pretend they have some decency, a second term Obama will go after his left wing fantasies that are all about harming the Americans who disagree with him.

    September 7, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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