RNC Chair to CNN: Christie should stay at RGA
January 22nd, 2014
12:52 PM ET
3 months ago

RNC Chair to CNN: Christie should stay at RGA

Washington (CNN) – Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus says New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should remain in his job as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, pushing back on a call from Virginia’s losing GOP gubernatorial candidate for Christie to step down.

“No, not at all,” Preibus told CNN in response to whether he agrees with Ken Cuccinelli’s demand that Christie quit the RGA.

“I don’t know of a better governor right now to lead that effort that is just a powerhouse across the country. I have seen him in rooms and I have seen him turn crowds on and his job is to raise a lot of money for the RGA and he can do that and I am sure the RGA is proud to have him,” said Preibus, during a CNN interview at the site of the RNC winter meeting in Washington, DC.

Appearing on CNN’s Crossfire Tuesday night, Cuccinelli said it “makes sense” for Christie to “step aside in that role” of RGA chairman because of the scandal surrounding Christie’s administration in allegedly causing traffic jams at the George Washington Bridge last fall for political payback.

“He does not serve the goals of that organization by staying as chairman. And that doesn’t mean any of the charges, political or otherwise, are substantive or not. It doesn’t matter. Perception is reality,” said Cuccinelli.

That was about the most critical any conservative has been of Christie.

But Cuccinelli also had a beef with the RGA for cutting back on TV ads in the state in the closing weeks of the campaign, while pumping big bucks into Christie's cakewalk of a governor's race in New Jersey - money that could have boosted Cuccinelli down the stretch. In the end, the Virginia race tightened, with Cuccinelli narrowly losing to Democrat Terry McAuliffe in November, while Christie won a landslide re-election. Some think help from the RGA for the underfunded Cuccinelli could have helped him pull off a win.

Still, since the RGA’s main function is to raise money to help GOP candidates for governor, there have been questions about whether Christie’s woes in New Jersey may hurt.

But so far, based on the turnout Christie had among GOP donors in a series of fundraisers and meetings in Florida last weekend, scandal doesn’t seem to be blocking his ability to rake in the cash.

“It might be hurting his popularity on MSNBC, but I don’t know about the other stuff,” Preibus quipped to CNN.


Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • Ken Cuccinelli • Reince Priebus • Republican National Committee • RGA • RNC
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Dead Bear

    Mitt??? Reince??? Maybe you Republicans might win an election or two if you didn't turn off the average American with your country club elitist names.

    January 22, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, OK. If this is what Preibus wants, so be it.

    I mean, come on. When's the last time Preibus made a decision that proved to be of benefit to the GOP. Might just as well let him stick his nose in RGA business as well.

    January 22, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. TONE

    Reince is an idiot of the RNC not a leader, he never achieved anything for the GOP during his idiocy, Michael Steele was the best they ever had.

    January 22, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. ChrisM

    lol , Reese’s Pieces does not even know what to do with the republicans Autopsy report yet. (Autopsy? Doesn’t that mean the GOP is dead?)

    January 22, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    First cuchimamma then this guy with the funny name.
    Who's next? CNN if it's the screecher from AK we don't care!

    January 22, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. rob

    Good for him, don't let these so called journalists at irrelevant CNN stoke more fires with this absolute non-scandal. CNN has no ratings and is in the midst of a total revamp of its broadcast line up because it's transparently left leaning in it's news coverage and the public is turning it off in droves. They might as well just sign on as the propaganda arm of the DNC and call themselves DNCNN.

    January 22, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Malory Archer

    LOL – rince looks like he's crying in the photo above, sticking out his lower lip and pointing to someone, whining that they were mean to him.

    January 22, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    TONE

    Reince is an idiot of the RNC not a leader, he never achieved anything for the GOP during his idiocy, Michael Steele was the best they ever had.
    -----------------------–
    Steele played a huge role in the shellacking that Democrats took in 2010. But, that feat could not offset the other deeds that Steele had committed along the way to get the Republicans those big wins. Steele's expensive junkets, and the power lunches in strip clubs, were not the image of frugality and fiscal responsibility that they were trying to paint for themselves.

    January 22, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. m123

    Who cares
    All a bunch of elitists anyway

    January 22, 2014 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  10. RomneyWho

    Corruption and the misuse of appointed power is normal in todays political circus . . . America's moral fabric is ripped to shreds, while the wicked are celebrated and encouraged, as the morally fallen, rant, "By any means necessary" One or two in the crown yells for "JUSTICE", as they look at each other saying, is it just us? :(

    January 22, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. TONE

    @Rudy wrote-
    Steele played a huge role in the shellacking that Democrats took in 2010. But, that feat could not offset the other deeds that Steele had committed along the way to get the Republicans those big wins. Steele's expensive junkets, and the power lunches in strip clubs, were not the image of frugality and fiscal responsibility that they were trying to paint for themselves.

    Agreed, but at least he won something for them i just cannot say that for Reince always appears cluless to me.

    January 22, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. spike

    CNN – The Christie Conversation Network. Gee, any other news out there CNN?

    January 22, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. Peace

    Am not a republican. But if I was I will not tolerate this Chairman for even a second. This man is totally useless, He has no clue at all where he should take his Party to. Republicans, if you stick to this hopeless man you will never ever reach anywhere. He totally useless.

    January 22, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    I actually like Steele (didn't vote for him and that other RNC loser ehrlich though) but didn't he set up some trip to a lesbian club? Hat about the costly trip to Hawaii to talk down the President for spending?
    Family values run rampart with the rethugs until they get caught.

    January 22, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Cindy

    Whether or not Christie should resign should be Christie's decision. "The truth will come out in the wash" and then any necessary decisions will be made, either automatically or by choice..

    January 22, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  16. JoJo

    Not just saying this as a former life long Republican, but Reince Priebus is an embarrassment to Republicans. If they want to help themselves, they really need to upgrade the chairmanship. Seriously, Priebus makes Michael Steele look like a master strategist and diplomat.

    January 22, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  17. simplyput

    The differerence between Dem corruption and Rep corruption is the numbers: almost ten people in Bell County operating as a dem mob on a feeding frenzy a few years ago gets almost no coverage. One repub out of line anywhere on the continent gets 24/7 news coverage, and they still take responsibility unless they go into rehab. Take your choice, Merica. You hear about one, but not the other.

    January 22, 2014 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. sammy750

    It would be difficult to find a replacement so many are dishonest and criminal in the Republican Party

    January 22, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  19. sly

    Most of these Conferate governors seem to be corrupt anyway, and New Jersey? Ha, Mobster Crook Christie is pretty much the norm in that state for the past 50 years. Who's surprised?

    I say, let the crooks run their Confederate meetings ... they'll all be so much more comfortable.

    January 22, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |