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

    I love this man. And the fact that he infuriates Democrats so is an added bonus. Reading these comments makes me smile.

    September 7, 2011 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. erich2112x

    Thank you. Keep him there for as long as you can, would ya?

    September 7, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. RayJacksonMS

    It won't do him any good. That fat pig Haley Barbour was head of the Republican Governors Association and couldn't even swing 1% in polls when he tried to waddle to the White House.

    September 7, 2011 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  4. Barbara

    From a party that demonstrated their true lack of leadership and approach to governance for the last 4 years – not a chance for my vote. I'm not so thrilled with Obama – but the other side of the aisle has contributed NOTHING to the country over his tenure. Their only interest is in whether they are in power.

    September 7, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. nitrous

    A big job for a big fat head.

    September 7, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. john spear

    Christie, enjoy your fifteen minutes of fame along with Gov. Walker, Scary Palin and the rest of the TP'ers

    September 7, 2011 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. mike

    Now he needs to get one of those tea party hats with all the tea bags hanging off of the brim and learn the secret tea party members only handshake

    September 7, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Tom J

    Everybody here dissing Gov. Christie obviously can't balance a checkbook.

    September 7, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. one voice

    He's just another RADICAL GOP/TEABAGGER Governor that needs to go. Our MIDDLE CLASS will never experience the AMERICAN DREAM with these CROOKS at the helm.

    September 7, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  10. state helicopter pilot

    He should have been elcted to weight watchers. When does becoming an elected official mean that you have to stop your job to try and get others elected who would never stand a chance anyway because they are in your party. Hope NJ wakes up and limits his term. Hey how is his kids football team this year. Any state training rides taking place? If your are really that concerned about keeping your private life private then why did you become a politician?

    September 7, 2011 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  11. Too Bad

    All you left winged liberals need to get off your "let the government pay for it" attitude. You are the main reason why this nation is tackled with so much debt. You expect everythign for free from Uncle Sam and you never had to work for a living. Your unions are a thing of the past, but continue to promise you benefits which they cannot pay *yet expect the government to bailthem out).

    My only wish is that Christie would throw him hat into the 2012 election. A Perry_Christie ticket is just what this country needs!

    September 7, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine


    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.

    Interesting, because the GOP has done nothing but attack, whine, smear, obstruct and demagogue. The GOP has been playing the same tired tune over the last 30 years of making the wealthy out to be victims, and blaming uions for everything thats wrong in the world. We have an aging population, and an increasing number of people BECAUSE OF THEIR AGE who will be on SS and Medicare. Things are going to cost more, and the solutions involve paying more. Get over it. The GOP did nothing while turning our economy from manufacturers to service industry, then have the audacity to scream when they are called out as accomplices. Why don't they try to invest their dollars here? We have the best-trained, best educated workforce in the world, and the GOP has nothing but contempt for it. Christie is a perfect symbol of this arrogance, by lying to the Democrats he negotiated with and eliminating all the items in the budget with his line item veto he promised the Dems during his negotiations. He is only interesed in creating a world filled with service employees that lack the means to challenge him and his cohorts.

    September 7, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Aaron

    If they put him in charge of the food at their non-stop fundraisers, someone should be watching him. That'd be like having the fox watch the henhouse.

    September 7, 2011 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Dennis

    When I read the headline, I thought he had landed a job on the Muppets as Miss Piggy. Guess I was mistaken.

    September 7, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. Dennis

    Solcalgal, really, I mean really???? Have you listened to your party????? Really????????

    September 7, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. S

    He is still better then the last Governor, accused of money laundering, working with organized crime, and billing the state for his own expenses. Oh and all that was by members of his own party.

    September 7, 2011 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. JOE

    First the SOB fell out of his chair and caused a minor earthquake then his water broke from eating all those cheeseburgers and he ended up flooding the whole damn state. Let's face it, Governor Christie is bad for New Jersey and that's why he'll be a one term Governor.

    September 7, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  18. coastlinecascot

    I bet the liberals talking about his weight are in fact overwieght themselves with a bag of taco bell in front of their xbox.

    September 7, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. Tam

    Doesn't matter what position he holds. He's not my type of candidate for anything.

    September 7, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  20. pd123

    Ah, good news, another compasion Republician moving up the latter. Oh sorry, that' compasion thing is out dated. We are back to the tuff, lean and mean times to save the corporations, huh, I mean nation.

    September 7, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    @TEA PARTY Mike

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    In light of how all of you on the left just loved Obama's labor day rally where he shared a stage with Hoffa and Biden who used violent war language and said they want to take the SOB's out, the SOBs being the TEA Party and Republicans, I think you will all really love this new product.
    There is a new Video Game called TEA PARTY ZOMBIES MUST DIE. The game allows you to slaughter politicians like Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin. The gruesome game, created by StarvingEyes Advergaming, is billed as "first-person shooter" featuring "Tea Party zombies" to be targeted with an "arsenal of weapons," including multiple firearms and a crowbar. Notable politicians depicted in the game include current and previous presidential hopefuls like Palin, Bachmann, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum. Several Fox News personalities are also featured, including Huckabee, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity and Brit Hume. Apparently you can slaughter all your most hated TEA Party and Fox News personalities on recreations of many of the FOX News studios.
    Based on all the hate I see in many of the posts on this site, I am sure many of you will get endless hours of pleasure form this game. No need to thank me for the tip, anything for all my good patriotic and tolerant friends on the left. ENJOY!!

    Mike, was wondering when you would comment today. As long as your side are putting gunsights on people's pictures, carrying guns to rallies, talking about 2nd Amendment remedies and such, this is what will be produced. The difference is, this is a badly made video game, not Ted Nugent saying he want Obama to " ...suck his machine gun". Your side is raffling off guns in Gabbie Giffords District. Just curious, were you ever upset or embarrassed over the pictures of the President's head being photoshopped onto the head of a monkey, or the emails that questioned his humanity? I don't condone whoever produced that game, but are you really that shocked someone would do it after the real threats and acts of violance that have been directed at the president and anyone who agrees with him? There is a difference between a tastelss videogame that is purchased aby a few people, and tastelss, disrepectful comments blurted out by FOX talking heads and GOP presidential candidates. If there is a lack of filter in our discourse, there is plenty of blame to go around: I would hope you would man up and admit the role your side plays in this.

    September 7, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    @ coastlinecascot

    I bet the liberals talking about his weight are in fact overwieght themselves with a bag of taco bell in front of their xbox.

    Nope, I'm in good shape, and I dislike Christie on policy grounds, not his questionable diet/exercise choices. Funny, I say the same thing about the Conservatives who scream the Obama is giving money to minorities and drug addicts are usually the ones collecting the most assistance, or they are addicts themselves.

    Rush, is that you?

    September 7, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. rkt210

    Looks like about 90% of the comments are from disgruntled liberals. Tax cuts for the wealthy? Nope. The so-called "Millionaire's Tax" was a temporary extra tax levied on those making a high income. It was nothing more than a cash grab by the Corzine administration to try to make up the difference between expenses and revenue. Governor Corzine did not renew this extra tax by the date required, thus it expired during Governor Christie's term. What that means is that everyone is subject to the same tax code as before. Anti-union? Only if you believe that state-employed union workers should have Cadillac benefits and pay nothing for them. Bringing the benefits packages of government employees in line with those of the private sector makes sense and is fiscally responsible. He said what he was going to do before he was elected, and he has done exactly that. The only ones whining are the ones who got caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

    September 7, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. CBR

    I have to wonder why the CNN reporter chose this headline. This is not a position that is comparable to other elected positions.

    The leadership of this group is definitely very conservative and so I must believe that the governor has a similar philosophy. This being said, I also wonder why so many must attach their highly negative and sometimes very cruel remarks to news. The English language has so man adjectives that can be used to keep all of this aboveboard.

    September 7, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Real Patriot

    He's number 2 alright.... 🙂

    September 7, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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