Democrats staying close on Christie's heels as he travels
February 7th, 2014
05:49 PM ET
2 months ago

Democrats staying close on Christie's heels as he travels

(CNN) - Democrats will again be ready and waiting next week to make noise when embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hits the road for another high-profile trip.

The Democratic National Committee says it will send former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland to hold a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday, the same day Christie will be in the Windy City fundraising as chairman for the Republican Governors Association.

Christie will first attend a lunch event, which is hosted by the Economic Club of Chicago and open to the press, before attending two private fundraisers for the RGA later in the day.

His stop in Chicago is part of a recent travel swing for Christie, who took over as RGA chair in November.

Democrats are eager to make sure the scandal that has roiled Christie's administration and clouded his 2016 presidential prospects follows him around the country as he seeks to help Republican candidates.

A state legislative committee and the Justice Department are investigating whether top Christie appointees orchestrated days of traffic gridlock around the George Washington Bridge last year to punish a local mayor politically for not endorsing the governor for reelection.

Christie went to Florida last month to fundraise for the governor's group and for incumbent Gov. Rick Scott a little more than a week after categorically denying any knowledge of political mischief involving his appointees.

Democrats were also on Christie's tail during a fundraising trip to Dallas on Thursday, when Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa held a news conference.

Christie's recent travel is only the beginning of more road trips for the governor–and likely more 'piggybacking' events by his critics.

The tactic by Democrats is nothing new. Both sides frequently try to redirect at least part of the spotlight on big trips by opponents, especially during political campaigns.

In addition to Chicago, Christie is slated to address the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce at an event in Washington next week. He'll speak at the National Republican Senatorial Committee retreat in New York City on February 18, and he'll be back in the nation's capital for the National Governors Association meeting later that week.

Next month, he'll again be in D.C. to address the Conservative Political Action Committee conference, known as CPAC, just days before he travels to Sea Island, Georgia, for an event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute.

CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash contributed to this report.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    They do that to every single candidate for the Republicans.......they are nothing but spies. not content with just spying electronically........they must spy in person, as well.

    February 7, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Abbey

    Speaking of close...how's Obama handicap these days? Better than those poll numbers I bet.

    February 7, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  3. Al

    So how many days of the week does the nj bully spend in his own state to take care of business for the people of nj

    February 7, 2014 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The Republican's Great White Hope isn't panning out eh? Awww...

    February 7, 2014 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  5. ButterflysHS

    Christie could run in 2016.

    February 7, 2014 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Crickets from CNN about GOBP govenors SPRINTING away from Christie nationwide. I wonder why ?

    February 8, 2014 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  7. louenglish

    The Dems must be terrified of this guy to start the character assassination efforts this early in the political race.

    February 8, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  8. simplyput

    The democrats have moved from being a political party to a smear machine. Not sure when that happened, but CNN has plenty of people involved. How much bias do you need? Can't believe you've managed to create sympathy for such a hard-core bully, but you've done it. People know that HUD has allowed disaster waivers for states like NY, LA,
    MS, AL over the objections of Rebublicans in congress. Smear on, but the truth always sets you free. HUD ok'd the disaster funds to be tied to tourism. Your reporting is becoming quite transparently false.

    February 8, 2014 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  9. sifto

    nothing yet? no serious dirt? give it a rest, Dems.....

    February 8, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. Tommie Sutton

    Gov. Chris Christie must really scare the libs that they have put so much effort into trying to bring him down... and yet they keep hoping that they can shove Hill down are throats even though she doesn't give a damn about military operations, protecting the false image of no terrorism, she's a known liar and cheat and just a substandard token. Oh well...

    February 8, 2014 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  11. tee

    Sure make your trip promoting your party. But you still have major doo-doo in a NJ hearing chamber after your private flight, lavish dinner, and posh hotel stay is over.

    February 8, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. tom l

    Jeff, not one repub has ever mentioned the color of his skin nor has it even been a thought. But, for some reason, it was stuck in your mind and caught your attention enough for you to make a comment about it...

    February 8, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @simplyput
    The democrats have moved from being a political party to a smear machine.
    ---------–
    The dems should follow the shining example of the GOP and ask for his birth certificate, or tell everyone he is lying about his religion.

    February 8, 2014 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  14. some guy

    NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Crickets from CNN about GOBP govenors SPRINTING away from Christie nationwide. I wonder why ?
    ==============================================================================

    Probably the same reason democratic governors are SPRINTING away form Obama

    February 8, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |