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. who let her in?

    Christie is a bully, just like the rest of the GOP guvs ... he'll say or do anything to get elected but then turn on those who elect him....

    I just cannot understand why working class and poor Americans support the GOP. They don't do a single thing to benefit them...all anyone with half a brain has to do is look at the last 12 years. You can go back further but 12 years is all you really need in order to see the GOP for what they really are.

    September 7, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. paul

    Walker and Christie are just part of the tea party elected governors across the country (Ohio, Fla., Mich and more) that once elected, have gone on a "witch hunt" to eliminate worker's rights. In addition many have forced (through various laws) their social beliefs on their constituents. Nothing like this promised during election but once in office they ramped up their conservative "values". Time for 2012 move back to the middle where the country belongs.

    September 7, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  3. NoMoPalin

    Christie being number 2 with republicans is like being the second most popular clown in the circus. When it's all said and done, you're still a clown.

    September 7, 2011 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. doug

    There is not a single Democrat alive who has half the good and decency in their heart as Chris Christie does, sorry just the facts, quite telling how truth and facts upset lib lib.

    September 7, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Gov. Huntsman is the only presidential candidate that is smart enough to win the presidency. Of course, it will turn off the redneck hicks that wear their ignorance like a badge of honor.

    Perry and Christie (not running) are bullying loud-mouths.

    Mitt Romney made his money disassembling US corporations and shipping jobs overseas.

    Michelle is a nut.

    September 7, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    I'm an independent - I think there is only one republican worth his salt.

    Gov. Huntsman is the only presidential candidate that is smart enough to win the presidency. Of course, it will turn off the redneck hicks that wear their ignorance like a badge of honor.

    Perry and Christie (not running) are bullying loud-mouths.

    Mitt Romney made his money disassembling US corporations and shipping jobs overseas.

    Michelle is a nut.

    September 7, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. NYCMovieFan

    Christie is a complete joke – if this is the best that the GOP has to offer, then we need a third party. Let's face it, the best years of the GOP ended with Nixon's resignation, it's been nothing but pandering to the oil companies and the very rich since then – at the expense of 98% of Americans. Christie does stupid things, and then pretends there is an exit strategy – sound familiar? Yup, that was the Iraq war game, do a dumb thing, mislead the public, and then pretend there is a way out. Nope. We need policies for the future, not for 1950, sorry GOP you just don't cut it anymore.

    September 7, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. Linda

    He is popular because he denigrated all the public workers , teachers, firefighters in NJ- he is anti union and anti American! I nearly puked when Matt Lauer congratulated him on TV- since when is it a good thing in America to take away workers rights, to degrade teachers and public employees? Guys like Christie are criminal! Lauer showed his true colors and I do not watch his show anymore

    September 7, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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    September 7, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. John - NJ

    He is self promoting. He has done nothing good for NJ. He has cut taxes for the wealthy, lost Millions of dollars for Education and then cut money for Education. Another union breaker that cares little for the middle class and the poor.
    He will be a one term Governor!

    September 7, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Buster Bloodvessel

    Hand him a bogroll to go with that bigjob.

    September 7, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  12. NVa Native

    I hope the 27% people addicted to fox get off the cacca-aid soon.
    The longer we as a country tolerate the corporate sponsored groups like tea-baggers, Heritage Foundation, GPS Doofus, NRA, fox-media, etc., the longer it will take to recover from the damage they feed on.
    Just like the longer Dubbers & Darth were in the White House it takes twice as long to recover from their evil deeds of de-evolution.

    September 7, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. NJMom

    I live in NJ and my kids go to public school. Our school budget had been cut, but the cuts have not been devistating like Elisabeth Smith says. I find no fault with Christie.

    September 7, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Steve

    Governor Christie is now planning on travelling around the country to help get other GOP members elected to governerships? Maybe instead, he should stay in NJ and actually fix some of the issues that are here. Namely, the ones he has created. How people from NJ made the mistake to elect this fool is beyond me.

    September 7, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  15. sortakinda

    Headlines:
    BIG JOB FOR BIG FAT GUY
    NOT TOO FAT TO FIT IN HELICOPTER TO SON'S LL GAME
    add your own...

    September 7, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Just Me

    He is eating his way right thru the Republican party. Look at his neck. The fat is dripping. If he is wise he way pay more attention to his health than politics before he drops dead from a massive coronary. Enroll in a weight loss program Chistie and drop some pounds. There will be no national stage for a dead politician. You are a ticking time bomb.

    September 7, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  17. peoplepeople

    I'm really proud of governer Christie for not giving into the "crazies" and for being objective.

    September 7, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Embarrassed Conservative

    Well he should get all the opportunites he can before he is voted out in the next election.

    September 7, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Amy

    I am not the biggest Christie fan, but taking cheap shots at his weight only draws attention to your cowardice and lack of relevant criticisms.

    September 7, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Brian

    I love reading the hatemail from you lefties. What a bunch of hatemongers!

    September 7, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Dave

    Christie never changed his tactics from his former position as a prosecutor. He'll attack anyone that interferes with, or goes against the Republican agenda. I don't believe that he respects anyone else's opinion, thereby making him the most historically polarizing govenors of NJ.

    September 7, 2011 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. mother and sister of soldiers

    The thing which scares me the most about this country are the ignorant individuals who comment on CNN.....don't any of you work and if you don't, why not learn basic economics cause our president certainly is leading you down the wrong path with entitlements. While you want the rich to pay more, look to other socialist countries and see that everyone pays taxes unlike 50% in this country as well as our wealthy paying more than in any other country. AND why do jobs go overseas? Try Unions and government restrictons. I no longer blame any company trying to make a profit and be able to compete, ...we can't until the government steps out of the way and UNIONS are history!

    September 7, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  23. RG

    What a joke, Christie is only in office for the same reason as Obama, the other guy was unelectable and incompetent. A vote for Christie was more like a vote against Corzine, and THIS is the guy the Republicans are in love with? Pathetic.
    Since he started his realm in NJ, property taxes have zoomed up, while services have been cut, while giving more tax breaks for corporations and the rich. The other guy, Walker, will probably be recalled as soon as his year is up.

    September 7, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  24. Bob

    When the headline said Gov. Christie had landed a "big" job, I questioned the last time he could ever perform a small one.

    September 7, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  25. Socalgal

    Amazing that Dems don't have enough on their plates that they must comment on what the Republicans are doing. The song remains the same–if you've got nothing to offer...attack the opposition.

    September 7, 2011 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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