Republican governors offer support for Christie
Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisconsin
January 14th, 2014
06:43 PM ET
7 months ago

Republican governors offer support for Christie

Washington (CNN) - As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie looked to move on Tuesday from a political scandal plaguing his administration, two Republican governors said they still back his leadership of the Republican Governors Association.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert told reporters outside the White House they had confidence in Christie's leadership after documents came to light suggesting his staffers had shut down access lanes to a busy bridge last year in an alleged act of political retribution.

Last week, Christie dismissed a senior aide as well a longtime political adviser following the revelations, and then held a nearly two-hour press conference to answer questions about the scandal. The governor said he had not been aware of the apparent reason behind the lane closures.

"He was completely transparent and gave the public a chance to hear what he understood and what he knew. Took action on it, decisive action, in terms of removing the people who were not forthright with him," said Walker, who, like Christie, is considered a potential presidential candidate in 2016. "And assuming everything stays as he's announced, I don't see that being a problem going forward."

Herbert, too, expressed faith in Christie's leadership of the RGA, a highly visible post that past governors have used as a launching pad for higher office.

"I think Chris has been a great leader for New Jersey," Herbert told reporters, adding that it was possible more details could emerge in the bridge scandal. "I think we need to let that play out, but this is one Republican governor that supports Chris Christie as chairman of our RGA."

The two governors had joined four other members of the executive committee of the National Governors Association on Tuesday for a roughly 90-minute White House meeting with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Christie is set to travel to Florida this weekend to headline a fundraiser for the RGA as well as private fundraisers for Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election bid. CNN confirmed Christie still plans to attend the events.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Gary Herbert • New Jersey • Scott Walker
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Chris Christie Rick Scott’ 2016

    Integrity and bruit honesty .

    January 14, 2014 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Kinard

    Who did you expect them to support? They're just as much the problem with the nation as Christie, himself. Any brain dead moron could have predicted this happening. The mindless always come to the aid of their own.

    January 14, 2014 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  3. Are you kidding me?

    So it becomes acceptable for the GOP to have dirty pols but the Dems have to be squeaky clean.

    Christie is begging for respect but he cannot give it to everyone – more importantly members of the other party.

    January 14, 2014 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  4. sammy750

    OF course the Governors will support Gov. Christie. they all act like Christie does. Gov. R. Scott of Fl is a Felon, a criminal, so he would back up Christie, McDonnell of Va, charged with taking bribes, of course he will back Christie. The Republicans swarm around the criminals

    January 14, 2014 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  5. S. B. Stein

    They wish they could pull off some of this kind of political retribution and not get caught.

    January 14, 2014 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Scott Walker as a character witness?!?! PLEEZE... He'd be better off pleading guilty and throwing himself upon the mercy of the court!

    January 14, 2014 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The Guns Over People tea potty silence is deafening. Christie heads the governors and they waited a week.

    January 15, 2014 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    This Scott walker is a nasty, no good, pathetic idiot, vote him out, thus you drive evil away.

    January 15, 2014 07:12 am at 7:12 am |