February 21st, 2014
10:19 AM ET
6 months ago

Chris Christie: The $18 million man

Washington (CNN) - It appears the controversies New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's dealing with back in the Garden State haven't affected his standing as one of the GOP's most potent fundraising rainmakers.

As Christie convenes two days of Republican Governors Association meetings here in the nation's capital Friday and Saturday, an RGA official tells CNN that the group has raised $18 million since Christie took over as RGA chairman in late November. That's a new fundraising record for the first three months of a new RGA chairman's tenure. The previous record holder was then-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barber, who chaired the RGA from June 2009 through the end of 2010.

Christie's chairmanship of the RGA was seen as a possible stepping stone to a potential 2016 bid for the GOP presidential nomination. But six weeks into his tenure as RGA chairman, the bridge controversy went viral. State lawmakers and the U.S. Attorney's Office are looking into allegations that top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams last September 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.

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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.

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The Friday meeting of the RGA executive committee and the wider event Saturday including all the attending Republican governors marks the first time Christie will meet with his peers since the multiple controversies shook his political future.

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But the $18 million in RGA fundraising should allay any concerns by any of the other governors.

"Christie remains popular among Republicans, many of whom see the attacks on him as partisan efforts to destroy a popular GOPer. That's why he remains a formidable fundraiser for the RGA and an asset to his party," Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, told CNN.

Republicans are defending 22 of the 36 gubernatorial seats up for grabs this November.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey • RGA • Washington D.C.
soundoff (114 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Duh. 5% of GOPers/Teatrolls polled said the whole thing makes them MORE likely to vote for him. They WANT and REVERE a person who will bully democrats and punish pockets of the public that they don't like.

    February 21, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. liberal disease

    Politicians know how to raise money for themselves and take money from us...this is what they do

    February 21, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Of course, Christie is able to raise big bucks. Recent history has shown that misbehavior is well rewarded on the right.

    February 21, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Mr. Richard Feder

    Because he can raise money it must mean he's not lying or guilty of any of the allegations? What a country.

    February 21, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. sammy750

    This is a guy who blamed the Federal Government on the problems with Sandy Aid. He fired two companies in charge of handling the aid, but never telling the people why he fired them. Yet, he makes excused blaming the Feds. Is this a guy fit to be President? He will be lucky to survive as Governor in 2014.

    February 21, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Richard Feder

    Because he can raise money it must mean he's not lying or guilty of any of the allegations? What a country.
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    Actually, you get most rewarded when you're inarguablely guilty, and can get away with it.

    February 21, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Sniffit

    " He fired two companies in charge of handling the aid"

    Rest assured the investigation regarding Hoboken will likely be sending them subpoenas as well.

    February 21, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. ak_steve

    Politics rewards corruption. This is one thing the GOP does better than anyone else.

    February 21, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. just asking

    well, well, well, the more the far left democrat party uses public funds to attack christie, the stronger he gets. keep up the good work!!

    February 21, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Krispy blames everyone he appointed in his administration for the bridge. He now blames the federal government for not dispersing the money they gave him for Sandy relief. Typical republican.

    February 21, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. fidel

    just keep him away from the $8 buffet

    February 21, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Dean

    He closed a bridge, period. He didn't let US citizens get murdered because it was election year, he didn't have the IRS go after his opponents, he didn't take down the entire healthcare system so the government could control the American people, he didn’t give a trillion dollars to his friends and call it a stimulus package, he didn’t give guns to Mexicans drug lords so they could gun down Americans because he wants to disarm Americans, he didn’t draw lines in the sand with evil counties and then back off and run away like a girl. If Obama would have closed bridges liberals would be celebrating how much he is a bully.

    February 21, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  13. sue_j_inPA

    Ah, Gavone Christi, at it again.

    February 21, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. obawendon

    I wish I could believe that he did not know what his staff was up to, but I just don't see how he could not know. He admits to being a control freak, but this stuff happens and he had no idea? I just don't buy it. I liked Christie and hope no more things come up out of the closet on him, but who knows. All these politicians are good at picking on the other guy and having more to hide themselves than the guy they are trying to bash. Time for us to vote wisely and not be so lazy when we go to the polls. Time for us to study voting records and their public opinions in order to see if we agree that person is the best choice and "Deserves" our vote. I know I'm going to work harder with my choices this time around. I want to see all of Congress removed and replaced.

    February 21, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. tom l

    Can't wait for the anger for saying this but it's funny to hear liberals accuse Christie of playing the blame game...

    February 21, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. salty dog

    He's still working on his reason for firing the two, it certainly isn't an attempt to shift the public's perception of who's guilty. Such an honest man.

    February 21, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. Kevin1

    just asking
    well, well, well, the more the far left democrat party uses public funds to attack christie, the stronger he gets. keep up the good work!!
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    Just: Please tell me what public funds are being used to attack christie. None as far as I can see. You must have
    eyes all over your body and can see every square of the planet.

    Christie lied. PERIOD. How in the world can he not what goes on in his own office.

    Just you are so NAIVE that it is scary. Your the reason why we keep these corrupt people in office.

    I know you wouldn't vote for a dem, even if they was better than Christie.

    Just I hope you know that you will have another DEMOCRACT FOR YOUR NEXT PRESIDENT.

    Can your say Madam President Clinton. Gop Tea potty will not become president unless it is president of
    the country club of hate.

    February 21, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. VJ

    He will be in Jail for Sandy.. Chris Christie = Ray Nigen = both of them are corrupted... A nice cell awaits Christie....

    February 21, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  19. Tampa Tim

    Tom l – Can you find any instance where Krispy said he was at fault? I can't, but let me know where and when.

    February 21, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  20. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Don't come back

    February 21, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He fired two companies in charge of handling the aid, but never telling the people why he fired them."

    Indeed he did. And this alone is the tip of the Chris Christie iceberg ready to burst forth. For someone who peacocked himself as a "go to" guy, his entire first term as governor seems to be .... well, lacking in the "go to" department of major decision making.

    February 21, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    well, well, well, the more the far left democrat party uses public funds to attack christie, the stronger he gets. keep up the good work!!
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    You're forgetting the simple fact that public funds are being spent by a *bipartisan* committee, which was convened by unanimous votes in the state legislatures, BTW, to investigate illegal actions and the MISUSE public funds by *partisan* politicians, who just happen to all be conservatives.

    "You lie!" That was the best fund raising one-liner in conservative history.

    February 21, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. LacrosseMom

    The GOP admired and revered NIXON also, and we all know how that ended!

    The GOP's 19% approval rating says it all... doomed.

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

    Dean – What is your favorite Fox conspiracy show? None of those things are true.

    February 21, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Kevin1

    Dean
    He closed a bridge, period. He didn't let US citizens get murdered because it was election year, he didn't have the IRS go after his opponents, he didn't take down the entire healthcare system so the government could control the American people, he didn’t give a trillion dollars to his friends and call it a stimulus package, he didn’t give guns to Mexicans drug lords so they could gun down Americans because he wants to disarm Americans, he didn’t draw lines in the sand with evil counties and then back off and run away like a girl. If Obama would have closed bridges liberals would be celebrating how much he is a bully
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    Dean: Who did all those thing. I wasn't President Obama. He never let anyone died, but your party did cut embassy money. Right. He never told or had the IRS go after anyone, but the IRS did investigate more Demo Pacs than the republican fake Pacs. ACA law is so private people can by PRIVATE INSURANCE FROM PRIVATE COMPANY, the government just set it up. You are not to bright are you. No he did give a trillion dollars to his friends, when the stimulus was only 787 billion, but republican governor did use their part of the stimulus to pay off their state budget deficit, And republican call themselves FISCALLY CONSERAVTIVE. a total joke of course. President Obama never gave guns to any Mexican, but Fast and Furious began under your boyfriend Bushchit. I thought you were smart enough to figure that out by yourself. I am glad he didn't do anything want these country went over his red line, but tell DEANIE are you and your family willing to go to these country to fight, because I will pay for your air fare. We can't afford any more wars, unless you and your party are the first to be sent. Enjoy your ignorance it is befitting for you.

    February 21, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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