Christie skips town, leaving scandal behind and meeting potential donors in sunny Florida
January 18th, 2014
11:20 PM ET
9 years ago

Christie skips town, leaving scandal behind and meeting potential donors in sunny Florida

(CNN) - As scandal threatens to envelop Gov. Chris Christie back in New Jersey, he's spending the weekend in Florida, helping Republican Gov. Rick Scott fundraise around the state.

It’s been more than a week since allegations that a massive traffic jam in the town of Fort Lee was the result of road closures on George Washington Bridge as political retaliation from Christie's team against the town’s mayor.

Christie's weekend is packed with stops in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach. But it will be hard to say whether the scandal has dampened his star power, as all the meetings are closed-door.

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Traveling with Christie, Scott has shown no shyness in sticking up for him.

Scott told CNN affiliate WSVN that Christie "did the right thing. He apologized. He went to the community and apologized. And I look forward to seeing him."

As chairman, Christie will also raise money for the Republican Governors Association and network with potential donors who could be key players if Christie decides to run for president in 2016.

The main political event is Saturday night at the home of billionaire Ken Langone, the co-founder of Home Depot.

Langone told CNN he's been flooded with requests to meet the governor, scandal or not.

However, Democrats didn't miss a chance to sound off on the Christie scandal.

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in Florida following Christie's every move and hit the governor over the fact that all his campaign events were private.

"I think that means that Chris Christie doesn't want to answer any questions or Rick Scott doesn't want to be seen with Chris Christie in public – probably a little of both," Wasserman Schulz told CNN.

Lenny Curry, Florida's Republican Party chairman, accused Democrats of trying to turn Christie's visit into a circus.

"I'd say Chris Christie apologized. Chris Christie took action. He's the head of the Republican Governors Association, and he's down here doing his job, and that's raising money to make sure that Rick Scott gets re-elected."

Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Florida • Rick Scott
soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Chris Christie is in Florida, helping Republican Gov. Rick Scott fundraise around the state.
    In 1997, Rick Scott was implicated in the biggest Medicare fraud case in US history, stepping down as CEO of Columbia/HCA. Chris Christie's client at the time was an organization fronted by blatant predatory con man Bernie Madoff.

    Sounds like old times , Party , Party , Party !

    January 19, 2014 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  2. Tampa forward

    Oh please, the entire christie administration will be expletived before April showers bring May flowers.

    January 19, 2014 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  3. YoonYoungJo

    What's worse? Committing heinous acts? Or committing heinous acts with no remorse. Let's be realistic, 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999% of us are NOT Saints. The difference though between a decent person and indecent person is how we resolve our mistakes. Do you correct or at least be remorseful for the wrong things we all do in life or do we just say "ehh, it didn't happen to me so who cares". In fact I would be more concerned with someone who appears to never make any mistakes or will never own up to mistakes. Those are the people that really don't care about right or wrong. Christie, even though he didn't have a personal hand in any of it, has admitted BS happened on his watch and is sorry for it. As for the over priced commercial issue, has anyone actually seen the other commercial? Who's to say the other commercial wasn't just extremely inferior and didn't properly supply the message of hope and rebuilding? Maybe in this instance, Christie believed letting NJ's citizens know he's got their backs and is doing all he can was the better message?

    January 19, 2014 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  4. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Anybody is better then Scott and all the money in the world won't keep him in office, we can use Romney as an example. People in Florida can't wait to get rid of the tea idiot Scott and radall and yahoo the clown and Rubio , the teaparty and Koch brothers stoog will be gone in 2016!!!!!

    January 19, 2014 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  5. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    He's going where republicans, have always felt the soft wind of friendship and hospitality. There's a massive amount of senior citizens in the state of Florida, and they have a tendency to vote republican, regardless of scandal or their parties admittance to their desire to do away with social programs. The same social programs that will impact them if implemented. They just don't seem to recognize this fact.

    January 19, 2014 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  6. Marie MD

    Orlando (the villages backyard) and Palm beach (which I believe went demo for Obama). Forget FLL turning red.
    Florida is full of old people who help vote Scott into power after that same Scott stole millions of the Medicare money.
    Let's hope Florida has nothing to do with any more elections until Earth explodes!
    The big bully runs to warmer climate. Isn't that what bullies do when confronted?

    January 19, 2014 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  7. don in albuquerque

    GOTP mantra- "When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout"! And get the hell outta Dodge.

    January 19, 2014 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  8. Lizzie

    Democrats are out in full force, starting early with their attack and hope something will stick. Have to distract from the shortcomings of this administration.

    January 19, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  9. Lizzie

    don, just like President Obama during Bengahzi, he went to LAS VEGAS.

    January 19, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Democrats are out in full force, starting early with their attack and hope something will stick. Have to distract from the shortcomings of this administration.

    What attack? Better for your party that these things come out sooner rather than later. You folks on the right screamed to high heaven that Barack Obama wasn't "vetted". Christie is now being vetted and his supporters (and the Republican Party) ought to be thankful this isn't two months before election day 2016.

    Sit back and enjoy the show. Or pick a candidate that WILL pass the vetting process. My goodness, even Mitt Romney knew how toxic Christie is. Time to clean house in the Republican Party and quit complaining about Democrats blah, blah, blah.

    January 19, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. Wendy

    Karl Rove's "big boy" is going to have a harder time raising "big money".

    January 19, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Larry

    He is not "Going to Florida" but "Running to Florida" to escape the heat of the truth of his unAmerican style of governing.

    January 19, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Donors would be smarter to give the money to a candidate who isn't tainted with scandal and a bully image.

    January 19, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  14. drake mallard

    No More Games in Government," they've created a system based completely on bribery. Now, if we do bribery, it's hypocrisy. If we do bribery in the private sector, we go to jail.

    Yet, their entire political system is based upon bribery. Who can bribe and give the most money to the politician and now, thanks to our illustrious Supreme Court that ruled that corporations have the same right as individuals and that money is free speech, well, we're now being inundated with so much money from the corporations buying the Democrats and Republicans, both sides, that - look at this hypothetically, a foreign country could now control our elections, because all they would have to do is form a corporation, start pumping money into the super PACs.
    make it an enforceable felony for any lobbyist to give assets in any form to a politician. That way, we speak with our tax dollars and we make sure that Congress represents US

    January 19, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. Sniffit

    Anyone who liked Christie is an idiot. Just like the Obama lovers and the Hillary fans. All corrupt but America has more stupid people than smart. Public education at its finest! Marie from md is a perfect example !!

    January 19, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. John

    Christie is having all his meetings behind closed doors. These are all done in secrecy and in private. Christie is running scared.

    January 19, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Gurgyl

    Very big bully...

    January 19, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  18. Rich

    It seems like Christie is handling this well. I am thinking I will vote for him if he runs for president. I am a democrat. I did not vote for him for governor.

    January 19, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. rs

    Mr. Christie's job, and his place is leading New Jersey, not propping up the delinquent Mr. Scott.

    January 19, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |