Christie to headline fundraiser in Atlanta with Gov. Deal
February 21st, 2014
02:09 PM ET
6 months ago

Christie to headline fundraiser in Atlanta with Gov. Deal

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia–two governors associated with recent traffic controversies–will appear together at a fundraiser next month for the Republican Governors Association.

Christie will continue his fundraising swing as RGA chairman, traveling to Atlanta for the private March 7 luncheon, according to Deal's campaign.

A Republican familiar with the fundraising also confirmed the event.

The RGA has brought in a record $18 million since Christie became chairman of the organization in November.

Deal is up for re-election this year and could likely face Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, in the November election.

The incumbent governor took some heat when ice and a few inches of snow paralyzed Atlanta and embarrassed the state last month. Deal apologized for state resources not being ready to handle the bad weather. When a powerful ice storm struck two weeks later, the state was more prepared.

Meanwhile, in New Jersey, a state legislative committee and the U.S. Attorney's Office are investigating whether some of Christie's top aides orchestrated traffic gridlock in Fort Lee, New Jersey, as a way to politically punish the city's Democratic mayor for not supporting Christie's re-election bid.

Christie has denied knowing about the traffic jam until after it occurred and only through media reports. He also denies knowing anything about the alleged political payback scheme.

The controversy hasn't stopped Christie from maintaining his duties as RGA chairman. The Republican governor, who won re-election in November by a landslide, has traveled to Florida, Texas, New York and Illinois in the past six weeks for fundraising efforts.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported the upcoming RGA event.

Also the week of the Atlanta fundraiser, Christie is scheduled to appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of grassroots activists, in the Washington area. And while in Georgia, Christie will go to the American Enterprise Institute's World Forum in Sea Island.


Filed under: Chris Christie • Georgia • Nathan Deal • RGA
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    Two of a kind:
    Crooked and CrookedER!

    So, who is which??

    February 21, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    Our Gov. Deal is so crooked, when the state Ethics Board started investigating him, he cut their funding.

    February 21, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Bill from GA

    Our Gov. Deal so crooked, he left Congress the day their Ethics Committee were going to report on his 'deeds'.
    Coincidence?

    Our governor's crookedness goes way back before he was Governor. Top that, Christie.

    February 21, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. President Subhuman Mongrel

    This guy is starting to rival me and all the fund raisers I go to. Gotta get the IRS on him too...

    February 21, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  5. Bill from GA

    Our Gov. Deal is so crooked, when he got run out of Congress, he found a way to use campaign funds to buy an expensive turbo prop plane for a company he and a partner started. Deal's flying costs channeled 4 or 5 times as much into 'travel expenses' than what his opponents incurred. Oh, but that was all legal!!

    Our local Atlanta newspaper had regular articles on Deal's latest crooked escapades. Almost as regular as the comics page.

    He almost makes his predecessor, Sonny Perdue, look honest.

    Our Gov. Deal makes Christie look like a Boy Scout!!

    February 21, 2014 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey reminds me of the President of the Ukraine .

    February 21, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    Gov. Christie gets criticized over 'BridgeGate'.

    Deal got criticized over our January snowstorm (2.5 inches of snow, metro Atlanta shut down for 3 days), so when we get an ice storm in February, he preemptively declares a state of emergency and all of north Georgia is shut down for 4 days. He extends the State of Emergency from Tuesday to Sunday, so the Federal Government can 'share' in our expenses.

    Oh, BTW, most of the ice and snow was gone, except for the Augusta area, by Thursday; seems the warm ground temperature made this storm's effects different. Who'd A Thunk It??

    Nobody's gonna accuse Deal of being a thinking man.

    (It will be a surprise to No One that I will not be at the fundraiser.)

    February 21, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    The same Gov. Deal who didn't have common sense enough to issue a state of emergency during there recent icecapade?

    February 21, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The debt ceiling was just the start. Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style.

    February 21, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Also the week of the Atlanta fundraiser, Christie is scheduled to appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of grassroots activists, in the Washington area.
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    I wonder if he would have been invited if he were Chairman of the RGA. Come to think of it. Why would the powers that be select/elect Christie to that position, anyway? I'd guess that the establishment still runs the RGA.

    February 21, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. Donna

    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
    --

    Translation: You cannot argue the facts I presented and thus resort to the usual refuge of leftist scroundrels. Yes, you truly are a dog so good choice of monikers.

    February 21, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Why is Christie's denial about not knowing about the bridge shutdown until during/after it occurred? You've heard of the emails that started all of this, right?

    "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee." "Got it."

    Those emails went back and forth some 2 or 3 weeks *before* the lane shutdowns. Did you know that?

    February 21, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Donna – It is hard for us to argue with a wingnut that proves, day in and day out, that her only facts are made up Hannity talking points. I was hoping we could all ignore your rants.

    February 21, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Dominican mama: "She just happens to be one of a huge growing number of disenchanted Republicans that don't know what in the hell has happened to their Party."

    Tom I has this strange habit of putting words into the mouth of others and thus trying to change the narrative to fit his viewpoint regardless of what was actually stated (or intended) by certain others (myself included).

    Its quite remarkable in its intensity, but totally off-base nonetheless.

    February 21, 2014 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Lynda wrote;

    om I has this strange habit of putting words into the mouth of others and thus trying to change the narrative to fit his viewpoint regardless of what was actually stated (or intended) by certain others (myself included).

    Its quite remarkable in its intensity, but totally off-base nonetheless.
    ----------------------------------
    Remarkable? You are one kind lady. I was thinking more along the lines of "relentless in its' intensity."

    February 21, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  16. S. B. Stein

    One doesn't know how to deal with snow while the other doesn't know how to deal with people. What a great combo.

    February 21, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |