Chris Christie: The $60 million man
July 10th, 2014
12:08 AM ET
5 months ago

Chris Christie: The $60 million man

Updated at 9:15am ET

Washington (CNN) – It appears the George Washington Bridge controversy New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's dealing with this year back in the Garden State hasn't affected his standing as one of the GOP's most potent fundraising rainmakers.

The Republican Governors Association announced Thursday that it's raised $60 million since Christie was elected chairman of the organization last November.

The RGA also reported it has more than $70 million cash on hand. That's the most money in the bank the RGA's ever had in its history. And the RGA said that it raised $26.6 million the past three months, an all-time second quarter record for the group.

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 chairman, the bridge controversy went viral. State lawmakers and the U.S. Attorney's Office are investigating 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.

Christie has repeatedly denied knowing anything about the gridlock until after it occurred. While his poll numbers – both in New Jersey and nationally – took a big hit when the bridge controversy when viral at the beginning of this year, his numbers have stabilized, and Christie has continued to travel across the country in his role as RGA chairman, raising money for the group and supporting Republican governors running for re-election and GOP gubernatorial candidates.

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"The RGA has never been in such a strong financial position. It is a tribute to the sound policy, good governance and real results coming from states with Republican governors," said Christie in a statement released by the organization. "Their bold leadership, combined with the RGA's significant resources, put us in strong position to win governors' races across the country this year."

When it comes to governors' races, it's the GOP that's mostly playing defense this year. The party's defending 22 of the 36 seats up for grabs in November. And some of them are in states that Obama carried in both 2008 and 2012, such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Maine, Nevada and New Mexico.

But Democrats also have some vulnerable seats to defend, in Arkansas, Colorado and Illinois. And they won't have cakewalks in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. kool aid man

    Keep sucking the rich man Tommy, you'll get your reward sooner or later, don't choke on it!

    July 10, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  2. kool aid man

    Right Tommy, gut education and misappropriated funds, tax cuts for the rich, cut food stamps for kids, restrict voting in minority areas, and your that special kind of person who thinks that's good for him, enough said, long ago, truth and logic simply have no place in your tiny little world, nice. Struther said it best, some men you just can't reach, that'd be you son, you'd serve all well by closing your mouth, and opening your mind.

    July 10, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    Rudy NYC
    just asking
    Thomas
    Thanks to big lobbyist and foreign diners !

    wow... those diners must really tip well!!! hahahahahahaha
    of course you have no proof or facts to offer up to prove what you say, just lies. but these days, lies is all the left has, well massive failures too but that what the lies are for.
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    Lies? It was a joke. You right wingers are way too serious. I always say that humor and sarcasm are lost on you folks.
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    oh come on rudy... they meant donors, not diners. saying all the money came from lobbyists and foreign donors is in no way humor or sarcasm. it was blatant lies that cannot be backed up with proof.
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    Seriously? Whoa, slow it down there, sport. It really was a joke. It's called sarcasm. I didn't take it seriously, so why should you get your blood pressure up. You"ve conflated the words into something that you want to see, instead of taking what is there at face value.

    July 10, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  4. Tommy G

    kool aid man
    Keep sucking the rich man Tommy, you'll get your reward sooner or later, don't choke on it!
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    Keep trying to suck everybody's wallet dry instead of working for what you want. When the well runs dry, you will starve so the sooner you stop sucking the better off you will be. Trust me, it works. The Democrat communist lefties and their lies about the system being rigged are just that, lies. They are setting up a generation for failure and dependence.

    July 10, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Poor Mr. Christie. His significant donor dollar haul is being overshadowed by $arah. No doubt this is one reason GOPerville would rather she didn't receive so much free publicity.

    Are you listening, Mr. Murdoch?

    July 10, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Tommy G

    kool aid man
    Right Tommy, gut education and misappropriated funds, tax cuts for the rich, cut food stamps for kids, restrict voting in minority areas, and your that special kind of person who thinks that's good for him, enough said, long ago, truth and logic simply have no place in your tiny little world, nice. Struther said it best, some men you just can't reach, that'd be you son, you'd serve all well by closing your mouth, and opening your mind.
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    Talk about a mindless lefty Obamadroid! Gutting education? Where? Who?? Total rubbish. This country spends bazillions a year on it and in many cases, the outcome is horrendous.

    Tax cuts for the rich? Well, Bush cut taxes for ALL that were paying them and most of those cuts remain in place. Do you want all those taxes raised once more? Unfortunately we now have nearly 50% of the people in this country paying no federal income taxes. These free riders on our country don't pay a penny and many actually get money from others, in the form of a tax credit. It is the new welfare system the Democrats have created.

    Cut food stamps for kids? Who? Where?? We certainly can't afford the entire country on food stamps which is the Democrat goal. The program is ripe with waste, fraud and abuse. Billions right out the window as the scammers know they aren't even being looked for, let alone prosecuted when found.

    Restricting voting in minority areas? Who? Where?? Minority voting has never been higher and grows in every election. Where is all thois denial of voting rights? Pure rubbish and fabrication by the looney left.

    July 10, 2014 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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