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. mR. COCO

    18 MILLION?!?! Is he charging by the pound?

    February 21, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. Steve Kaplan

    Christie will end resigning, it's only a matter of time!

    February 21, 2014 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Me

    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.
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    You just lost any credibility that you may have had, a NON-PARTISAN investigation PROVED that the lack of funding had NOTHING to do with the dealths of the 4 American's but you just keep lying and maybe you will even believe the lies!!! In other words, they DIDN"T have a lack of funding!! LMAO

    February 21, 2014 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. Me

    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.
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    That is the TRUTH, and not only the media, all these kool-aid drinking, blind following liberals as well!

    February 21, 2014 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  5. noteasilyswayed

    Corrupt politicians on both sides of the aisle. Christie's staff has been bullying others and the total atmosphere of coercion and favoritism will continue on...... in the meantime, those who truly need help for Sandy damage will continue to wait for their needed funds.

    February 21, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. Me

    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
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    And yet when people call Obama names you all cry racists, HYPOCRITES!!! You must be a sad person with a really crappy life, I hope you comments make you feel better!!!

    February 21, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Me

    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!
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    You have sucessfully described democrats, congrats!!

    February 21, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. salty dog

    Donna, sorry I couldn't respond to your insults, I was busy. Now, I won't bother to attempt to return in kind, I think it difficult to top the insults you hurl at yourself daily. I slimy can't think of anything to say to make you less credible, your racism, and ignorance are undeniable

    February 21, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Lizzie

    Buffet King you and your loyal posters must be one Buch of ugly, mean, dissatisfied people, only those who think like you, get your nod of approval.
    “Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart. Show me an old Liberal and I'll show you someone with no brains.”
    ― Winston Churchill

    February 21, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. salty dog

    Simply, but you are slimy.

    February 21, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    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...

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    Sorry tom, we liberals only blame the right for things of which they are guilty, then your ilk blames the liberals for the right's guilt.

    February 21, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  12. JM

    Christie's comment of NOT knowing until after the fact/when it was over, does not make any sense. I heard about the bridge situation in the news the second day it all happened. AND, it was right in his backyard, BUT he KNEW NOTHING???? YEA, RIGHT!

    February 21, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    Steve miller

    listen to all the liberal name-calling....and Ted Nugent apologizes? Who's the 'better man'.

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    Yeah, except he didn't "apoligize", and he certainly ISN'T the better man. That being said, you're mighty quick to point out the so-called "liberal" namecalling while completely ignoring the hate spewed by your rightwing brethern. Hypocritical much?

    February 21, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. Anton

    Republican's love bullies, liar's, cheater's, and thieves.

    February 21, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. cbp

    we build them up with lots of hype and are surprised when they falter.
    we hit them on their way down.

    Some survive and others do not. Politicians are always fair game.

    February 21, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  16. NEILLE

    Haley "Barber" would be thrilled to know the press has already forgot how to spell his name.. it is Barbour and a grand old fundraiser was he.

    February 21, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  17. timverba

    I am not sure if the fundraising has anything to do with Governor Christie. Based on the recent timing, it seems that the events were scheduled prior to Christie taking over the RGA. The money is not going to Christie or for his personal use. I would suspect that the donors had already made the commitments before the Governor took over. Now, to be fair, I have no insight as to whether any donor asked for a refund. So I guess the scandal has not really hurt Christie's effectiveness in the Republican party. The article needs to provide the value added from Christie. Stating that the RGA achieved record numbers does nothing to understand the effectiveness of Christie. Has Christie changed the personnel or structure of the organization? Is he the one making the calls to old and new donors? Or is there just more money available to the RGA?

    February 21, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  18. frank

    Dems are desperate.....trying to destroy Christie with everything they got........ love to read the criticism...but they don't apply the same standard to beloved Hillary who did nothing positive as a 1st lady, nothing as a senator from a state where she never lived, nothing as a secretary of State...other than lying or pressing stupid reset buttons and traveling all over. and she never took that 3 am call!

    February 21, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  19. Gunderson

    Well Gheezh,
    You have Christi on one side and you have Hillary Clinton on the other. Hillary screwed up with Benghazi and Christi screwed up with a traffic jam. You have Curly, Larry and Moe over at Msnbc trying their best to Hang Christi from the nearest tree. So whatta you gonna do if those are your only choices next Prez Election?

    February 21, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  20. Tony D

    Malory Archer
    Tony D
    Paul – You have a proven bully and a corrupt politician.

    Sorry, but a real bully promises you can keep your healthcare, then takes it away, even from sick people that need it.
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    Right on Tony! Insurance compaines ARE bullies who should be put in their places with single payer!
    -–

    Get a clue Malory. Businesses don't just tell customers to go away. They were doing what the Obamacare law forced them to do, cancel insurance policies that did not comply with the law. Obama and the Democrats bullied the entire American population when they forced Obamacare on the country as well as the health insurance companies.

    February 21, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  21. sly

    The obese Crook Christie will need that money for his upcoming heart surgery.

    This guy is just another cheap Jersey mobster – they've been running that state for as long as anyone can remember.

    February 21, 2014 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  22. John

    It's over for this moron.

    February 21, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. susan

    If these people had insurance to cover their homes, why are they looking for money from the government?

    February 21, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. QS

    "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,"

    Conservative voters are so oblivious!

    February 21, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. Guest

    he is a crook, of course other crooks will trust him with their money (wink, wink) – birds of a feather do indeed flock together, just wonder how that will work out if ole Chris ends up wearing strips! I do wonder if he had some kind of on the job or pre job training with the governor of Tennessee – another real crook who thinks it is important to keep sending my hard earned tax money to companies outside of Tennessee, yep, they do flock together!

    February 21, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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