Chris Christie: The $60 million man
July 10th, 2014
12:08 AM ET
2 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. Gary

    $60 million. That will buy a lot of donuts.

    July 10, 2014 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  2. Thomas

    And who's says the economy is doing poorly , not for the GOP anyway .

    The RGA will also report 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 will announce that it raised $26.6 million the past three months, an all-time second quarter record for the group.

    Thanks to big lobbyist and foreign diners !

    July 10, 2014 03:07 am at 3:07 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    Better bust these political thugs.

    July 10, 2014 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Of course, Christie is a fund raising machine. He has the perfect sales pitch. "I'm a victim." The right eats that stuff up.

    July 10, 2014 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  5. Thomas

    How much was donated from FOR PROFIT UNIVERSITIES to the GOP to keep there scam going ?

    July 10, 2014 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  6. kool aid man

    Great guy, tax cuts for the rich, how, gut education silly, how else.

    July 10, 2014 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  7. an Iowan

    no surprise there! Criminals do like to hang out together!

    July 10, 2014 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    -republican trash is if you are educated–their foul play will be gutted in ashes. True.

    July 10, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Their bold leadership, combined with the RGA's significant resources, put us in strong position to win governors' races across the country this year."

    And then what, Mr. Christie? Once you've gotten all the money you can get ... then what? You help the poor; the needy; the down under in America? Or you do the fat cats bidding? Because the two aren't mutually compatible. They never will be. From what I understand, New Jersey under your own leadership isn't exactly the pinnacle of success.

    July 10, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. Chris..E.al

    Fox and Cnn will get a share so what .

    July 10, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    They shouldn't thank Christie for the big numbers. They should thank the Supreme Court.

    July 10, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Lynda/Minnesota wrote:

    "Their bold leadership, combined with the RGA's significant resources, put us in strong position to win governors' races across the country this year."

    And then what, Mr. Christie? Once you've gotten all the money you can get ... then what? You help the poor; the needy; the down under in America? Or you do the fat cats bidding? Because the two aren't mutually compatible. They never will be. From what I understand, New Jersey under your own leadership isn't exactly the pinnacle of succe
    ---------------------------
    The air around the Pulaski Skyway Bridge doesn't smell as bad as it used to. But, you can still smell the reek of sulfur dioxide from miles around from the oil refineries around the Port of Newark.

    July 10, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Wake Up

    Hey girlfriend. Kudos on not feeling the need to apologize to those willing to bring you down for who you are and what you think.

    @ Rudy

    I haven't been in that area for 20 years ... but I swear to you that on any given muggy, humid day I can smell that sulfur dioxide from my backyard here in Minnesota.

    July 10, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. Lily

    He is not thinking. Christie is raising money for others, what about himself? Is there anyone ready to throw their money, like throwing sand into the ocean for his bid (incase he decides to run), while they know he won't win?

    July 10, 2014 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Lynda/Minnesota

    @Wake Up

    Hey girlfriend. Kudos on not feeling the need to apologize to those willing to bring you down for who you are and what you think.

    @ Rudy

    I haven't been in that area for 20 years ... but I swear to you that on any given muggy, humid day I can smell that sulfur dioxide from my backyard here in Minnesota.
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    The air around the area really has improved, though. You can smell it from two miles away instead of five or more.

    @Wake Up – Linda's wise.

    July 10, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  16. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Lynda/Minnesota says:
    July 10, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am
    @Wake Up

    Hey girlfriend. Kudos on not feeling the need to apologize to those willing to bring you down for who you are and what you think.

    Never that Lynda. But it would be nice to see those that are always yelling about the race card apply those same rants to the obvious racists posts. But they never do. That speaks volumes to me. I was always told, if you're not part of the solution you're part of the problem. Just once I would like to see them attack one of those comments, until then I could care less what they think or say.

    July 10, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Another win for Snyder...😒

    I know Rudy, very wise!

    July 10, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  18. Zman

    They will need every penny of that money. That's peanuts compared to what Obama has raised over the years. Christie could raise a lot more if he stopped going to fund raisers during state disasters. Obama has that perfected.

    July 10, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  19. PJF

    And yet he can't come up with a penny for NJ, he has to steal from pensions , schools and libraries for that!

    July 10, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  20. just asking

    Thomas
    Thanks to big lobbyist and foreign diners !
    --

    wow... those diner smust 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.

    July 10, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. Tommy G

    All money that will go to get incompetent Democrat Governors thrown out of office or keep the incompetent new Demorcats out of office. Consider it an investment in the future of the country and respective states!

    July 10, 2014 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    PJF says:
    July 10, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am
    And yet he can’t come up with a penny for NJ, he has to steal from pensions , schools and libraries for that!

    You might need to just forget about that. He's one of the only ones that aren't insane and stuck in the 50's.... He's their only hope for 2016. And they are willing to do anything to recapture the WH. I can almost guarantee he will be exonerated. No one is going to implicate him because they will be paid swell. If anything those involved will get a slap on the wrist, a big deposit in their account and the promise of another job when he is POTUS. Mark my words. Nobody goes to jail, his minions will get probation at the most.

    July 10, 2014 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. jinx9to88

    How many people actually donated? Is one person or is it 1 million people?

    July 10, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. 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.

    July 10, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  25. 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.
    ===================================================================
    Lies? It was a joke. You right wingers are way too serious. I always say that humor and sarcasm are lost on you folks.
    --

    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.

    July 10, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
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