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.
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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.
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Integrity and bruit honesty .
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.
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.
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
They wish they could pull off some of this kind of political retribution and not get caught.
Scott Walker as a character witness?!?! PLEEZE... He'd be better off pleading guilty and throwing himself upon the mercy of the court!
The Guns Over People tea potty silence is deafening. Christie heads the governors and they waited a week.
This Scott walker is a nasty, no good, pathetic idiot, vote him out, thus you drive evil away.