Christie back in campaign spotlight
February 18th, 2014
09:26 AM ET
5 months ago

Christie back in campaign spotlight

(CNN) – He's dealing with major controversies in his home state of New Jersey, but nationally Gov. Chris Christie remains one of the GOP's most potent rainmakers.

And Tuesday night Christie heads to New York City to attend a gathering and fundraiser for Senate Republicans, as they try to win back the chamber this November from the Democrats.

Christie is scheduled to speak at the National Republican Senatorial Committee's "Majority Makers Policy Retreat." The event, at the storied Harvard Club, will include major donors and supporters of the GOP.

"This is an event where donors interact with senators and candidates. The governor will be talking about the importance of winning back the Senate majority this fall, and how the Republican Party can compete and win in all corners of this country, including blue states," a senior aide to Christie told CNN.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas will be in attendance, a source with knowledge of the event told CNN. Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs in November's midterm elections. And half of the seats the Democrats are defending are located in red or purple states.

While assisting Senate Republicans Tuesday night, as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie's main political task right now outside of the Garden State is to raise as much money as possible to help GOP governors and gubernatorial candidates win elections this year. Thirty-six states hold gubernatorial contests in November, with the GOP defending 22 of those seats.

Christie's problems back home

Christie's administration is facing multiple investigations in a controversy that has shaken the governor's political future. State lawmakers and the U.S. Attorney's Office are looking into allegations that top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams from September 9-13 by closing access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee to politically punish that town's mayor for not endorsing the governor's re-election.

Christie has denied knowing anything about the gridlock until after it occurred, and has said he knew nothing about any political mischief by members of his administration. He's also facing allegations by the Democratic mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, that members of his administration held Superstorm Sandy recovery funds hostage in exchange for approval of a real estate development project in that city.

Christie's reaction to the deadly and destructive storm, which slammed into New Jersey and New York in late October 2012, launched him further into the national spotlight, sent his approval ratings in the Garden State soaring, and helped him easily win re-election last November.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • New Jersey • NRSC • Senate
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. salty dog

    Trying to make Christie look clean is lipstick on a pig. He's a liar, whether anything comes of this or not, we know he lied. No sane person believes he is the victim, blind sheep however?

    February 18, 2014 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Tony in Maine

    Many Republicans are in denial. They have been conditioned to avoid facts by relying solely on Faux Gnus as their sopurce for "information." That which isn't Obama's fault is the fault of the liberal media – like the WSJ who are hot on the story of Christie's arrogance and abuse of power.

    February 18, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I'll bet anyone $10,000 Romney bucks that Gov. Christie's least favorite Springsteen song right about now is "I'm On Fire."

    February 18, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    Aww come on guys. Christie didn't do anything. No republican would ever do anything underhanded like he's being accused of. Only democrats do these things. So maybe we shouldn't jump to conclusions so soon, you know like they did the POTUS, on 9/12/13? Also maybe the media should stop talking about it so much, you know like they did Benghazi and the IRS? What was that? The media constantly bring up Benghazi even though investigations show nothing?? Well that's because there is something there. After all, it is Obama, and we all know THEY are all criminals.

    LOL. I can't believe I actually typed that BS.

    February 18, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Wake up People!

    Oops I meant 9/12/12.

    February 18, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    This scandal is a criminal conspiracy. Whoever is responsible should be tried under the RICo statute.

    February 18, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  7. salty dog

    It would be nice to see the family of the woman who died on the bridge waiting for help get their day in court, never happen, but it should. The gop is very skilled at cover ups, look how quickly the Iraq war investigation went, cheney worked overtime on that one, military men with thirty years were resigning by the day, all with the same look, and the same line, no comment. One mentioned Cheney was at the CIA on a daily basis, he said he had never seen such a presence by the white house in his very long history there. Nothing wrong there, no sir.

    February 18, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Warren

    Hey GOP, I have a bridge for sale..

    February 18, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  9. rs

    It will be interesting to see if any of the GOP candidates will allow themselves to be seen with Mr. Christie. While he raise funds for the Republican Governors last week, none of the governors would get within a dog's bark of him.

    February 18, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  10. rs

    Wake up People!

    Aww come on guys. Christie didn't do anything. No republican would ever do anything underhanded like he's being accused of. Only democrats do these things. So maybe we shouldn't jump to conclusions so soon, you know like they did the POTUS, on 9/12/13? Also maybe the media should stop talking about it so much, you know like they did Benghazi and the IRS? What was that? The media constantly bring up Benghazi even though investigations show nothing?? Well that's because there is something there. After all, it is Obama, and we all know THEY are all criminals.

    LOL. I can't believe I actually typed that BS.
    ______________________________
    Liberating though, isn't it? That act of denial of reality must be very addicting to GOPpers. :-)

    February 18, 2014 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Wake up People!

    It's astounding rs.. Some of the things I read that about this POTUS.

    February 18, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  12. bobo

    Show us ONE email that Proves Christie orchestrated this.... please! Don't you think if Christie was guilty..... we would have total proof by now???

    February 18, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. rs

    bobo

    Show us ONE email that Proves Christie orchestrated this.... please! Don't you think if Christie was guilty..... we would have total proof by now???
    ____________________
    Indeed Bobo, but be patient. Either he did it, or he is the single most out-of-touch governor in history.

    February 18, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -bobo

    Show us ONE email that Proves Christie orchestrated this.... please! Don't you think if Christie was guilty..... we would have total proof by now???
    *************************
    If he cannot control his staff, then why put him in the Presidency? The point is that evidence is being uncovered daily that show he was either clueless to what they are doing, or that his staff was acting with his tacit approval. If you are a GOP supporter, why put him in the WH?

    February 18, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. emskadittle

    This guy is the best they got?

    February 18, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Lizzie

    rs, out of touch?? Same can be said about our President, he NEVER has a clue, it's always someone less fault.

    February 18, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  17. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    He might be in jail by 2016??????

    February 18, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  18. Tommy G

    hahahaha.... Democrats wasting many, many millions of tax payer dollars in a politically driven witch hunt. All wasted because Christie isn't guilty of anything. There is zero proof of his involvement. All this is is an attempt to smear a potential Republican presidential candidate. But it will only make him stronger as he makes all of these slimey Democrats look like idiots.

    February 18, 2014 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  19. jerseyproud

    Sorry to use some Christie words here... but you would have to be complete idiot to think that Christie knew nothing about this. Seriously, everybody knew about it but him. Come one New Jersey you've got more street smarts than that.
    No ones talking yet because their scared. You think a single mother of 4 wants to be the one that has to give the info that's going to take down the most powerful Republican in this country? She has seen first hand and been part of punishing those that stand up to him. He blames everyone else for everything that goes wrong and his team knows this. I'll be happy to show you and e-mail linking Christie as soon as everyone on his team stops pleading the 5th. Come on don't be such a bobo.

    February 18, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. Peace

    Christie has no choice. If he will stay at home thinking about the bridgegate without doing anything, all of us will judge him straight away even before the investigation is ready. He must do something like what he is doing now and pretend everything is OK while it isn't.

    February 18, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. jerseyproud

    Tommy G are you seriously talking about dems waisting tax payer dollars?
    Have you researched how much money of tax payers Christie has thrown away for his own ego.
    13 million for a pointless special election to boost his own self image.
    11 million of Sandy relief to projects not related to the storm
    2 million of sandy relief so his family could be in a commercial
    Thats just in the past 6 months

    Yeah...totally fiscally conservative. Your god Norquist will never endorse him.

    February 18, 2014 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. Wake up People!

    I wonder where Issa is? Or does he only investigate members of the Democratic party??

    February 18, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. salty dog

    All in good time bobo, only a fool would believe his claims, whether proved wrong or right, logic has him guilty, or so grossly incompetent he has no reason to run for president but the gop wants you to believe he had no clue, and it shows no sign of incompetence, its one or the other, even in gop land. With all the major players being special appointees, one might think his entire staff is their for their willingness to cooperate in such behavior, but, you have the right to be naive.

    February 18, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  24. wendel

    One more example of why a repo in office is a disaster.

    February 18, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. carlos

    I would have considered Christie before all of this, but my mind has changed. There is something that's just not right. Maybe it's a trust thing.

    February 18, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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