February 21st, 2014
10:19 AM ET
10 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. just asking

    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
    --

    did you believe obama when he said the same thing, at least 10 times?

    do you honestly think that people would go to him and say they were going to pull off some third grade prank and they just wanted to keep him informed?

    February 21, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Ol' Yeller

    Rich guys donating millions to a crook in an attempt to buy an American election... and they call this news?!? This has been going on for a long time and is one of the reasons why republicants are becoming extinct.
    That and the fact that those who don't believe in evolution, don't get to evolve.

    February 21, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. critical thinking

    When Obama says; "The first time of heard of this was on the news", the media basically gives him a pass on the idea that he can't know everything that is going on within his area of responsibility. When Christie says; "The first time of heard of this was on the news", the media basically positions him as a liar, and a cover up. Hmmm, lets exam the differences, oh one is a democrat and the other is a republican.

    February 21, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Buffet King

    I heard he closed the bridge because a Golden Corral was having a post Sandy discount on their buffet. What a fat, ugly lying, gross pig this man is..wonder how many meds he's on for high blood pressure, heart disease ect... talk about health care costs rising..this pig is a serious part of the problem

    February 21, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. it must be said

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

    And then Obama was awarded the Liar of the Year award. So Rep. Joe Wilson was absolutely correct. It just took the country another year or two to catch up with him, or was it all of Obama's lies to catch up with HIM?

    February 21, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  6. Buffet King

    His his face falling off or is that bbq sauce from last night?

    February 21, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. samb

    My dog could raise as much as Christie in the new Gilded Age of campaign finance. The party of hate and fealty to billionaires has unleashed the billionaires revenge. How to control a democracy by investing a few billion! The end for them will not be pretty when the masses wake up and take revenge!

    February 21, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    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...
    ---------------------------
    He's not. He's playing victim cards as fast as he can conjure them up.

    February 21, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Wow babe!!
    Where have you been, it's been quite some time since we've had you here with us.
    Welcome back!

    February 21, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  10. tom l

    Hey Lynda,
    TGIF. I tried to respond yesterday but the article closed with regards to Cruz being eligible for president so here it is (ducking): :)

    Lynda/Minnesota
    tom l
    "It was inane when repubs were saying Obama wasn't eligible to be president because it was obvious he was due to his mother being an American citizen. It is even more amazing to me to see the idiocy on these boards. Why do you think it's ok to say the things you do?"
    Well, tom I. To give our President credit ... he WAS born on U.S. soil (in the great state of Hawaii).
    =====
    So let me get this straight, Lynda. You are a grandmother. Let's say your daughter (or son) takes their spouse on a vacation to Europe while they are pregnant. Your new grandchild happens to be born in England. You're totally cool telling your grandchild the following: "I'm sorry, but because you were born in England you can't grow up to be president." You would never want to have that conversation and you would find it incredibly inane. I would hope you would see that your grandchild could be president. I would hope you would recognize that Ted Cruz's mother is American and he could be president too. How have you become so incredibly partisan that you don't recognize that?

    February 21, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Yes they love their cash cow.
    They should let the good Gov disburse the funds himself......

    February 21, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. king

    mm the Koch brothers and a few more right winged billionaires can cough that up in a sitting. i guest mitt was correct corporations are people too. i wonder how the average voter is going to stand up against entities like that.

    February 21, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. Dead Bear

    Don't waste a cent of that money in PA, Mr. Christie. Your boy Corbett is dead in the water.

    February 21, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Sophie Meyer

    Apparently ethics and morals don't matter much to republican donors. What a surprise, eh?

    February 21, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. pl

    Please tell me that Americans have better judgment. I shudder to think of him in the White House.

    February 21, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Jim Jimson

    Many people are saying that Christie is no longer fit for office.

    Does that mean they'll have to widen the door again?

    February 21, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. Thomas

    This is so funny , he could have 100 million in donations from out of touch special interest groups .

    It doesn't mater , he will never be elected the president of the United States of America .

    He's just is not the picture of a healthy leader , he hasn't got it !

    February 21, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. tom l

    DMFO,
    Hope ur having a nice Friday. Did you see my response to you and the Real TP from the Kansas article earlier this week? It's on page 14 of the comments.

    February 21, 2014 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "did you believe obama when he said the same thing, at least 10 times?

    Analogy fail.

    "When Obama says; "The first time of heard of this was on the news", the media basically gives him a pass on the idea that he can't know everything that is going on within his area of responsibility. When Christie says; "The first time of heard of this was on the news", the media basically positions him as a liar, and a cover up. Hmmm, lets exam the differences,"

    Yeah, the difference: there was documentary evidence suggesting Christie knew and none with respect to Obama.

    February 21, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. LouAZ

    Oh, please, please, please let/make Capt. Corrupto Christie the GOP/T-potty 2016 POTUS Nominee. Please !

    February 21, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Chuck

    God the Left are so Jealous of him

    February 21, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  22. Sniffit

    "God the Left are so Jealous of him"

    Yeah, we're just soooo envious of him being investigated by the US Attorney's office and state legislature for activities that could end up in criminal prosecution, not just loss of his governorship.

    February 21, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "How have you become so incredibly partisan that you don't recognize that?"

    I have no idea where you are going with this comment. I was simply reminding you that President Obama was in fact born on American soil (which you neglected to state in your comment).

    In view of the fact that I am of the opinion that Cruz is never going to become President of the United States, where HE was born isn't much of a concern to me. No doubt he showed the proper paperwork prior to running for senator. If not, these things will eventually come out in the open.

    February 21, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  24. Tampa Tim

    Did anyone get a chance to look up 20 inflammatory comments of Ted Nugent?

    February 21, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Tommy G

    Sniffit
    Yeah, the difference: there was documentary evidence suggesting Christie knew and none with respect to Obama.
    -–

    You mean he knew when it was happening and/or after it happened. There is NOHTING that says he knew about it before it happened.

    And yes, our most transparent clueless President didn't have any idea his signature "achievement", named after him, was a train wreck in progress. Hmmm.... sounds like people that worked for him kept him in the dark or misinformed him? Millions and millions of Americans adversely affected. Why aren't the Democrats investigating this?

    February 21, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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