February 2nd, 2014
10:17 AM ET
9 years ago

Jindal: Christie should stay RGA chair

Washington (CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed support Sunday for his New Jersey counterpart Chris Christie, telling CNN the New Jersey governor should keep his position as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

"Yes, I don't think he should step down," Jindal told CNN's Candy Crowley on Sunday morning. "I think he should stay there."

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In an interview on "State of the Union," Jindal, a former head of the key Republican group, gave a vote of confidence to Christie while stressing that the RGA “is not about one governor."

"No one governor is more important than another," he said. "What really matters is the RGA is a place where our governors come together."

Since Christie took over from Jindal as head of the important Republican financing and policy hub, the New Jerseyan has become enmeshed in a scandal. Christie’s aides ordered the closure of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge - the busiest river crossing in the country - in Fort Lee, apparently to punish that town's mayor for declining to endorse Christie during his re-election bid.

Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Chris Christie • Republicans • RGA
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Hooper

    Thank God, for education and the educational system. At least I don't have to be a republican now.

    February 2, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Of course he should stay as Chair of the Republican Governors Association. Just because Christie has high school issues doesn't in any way diminish the fact that three quarters of Republicans haven't - no matter their current age - got past their high school years. Read their comments. Listen to their representatives. Nothing but high school mean boy/girl talk. In that they think they're still "macho cool" makes it even more delightful.

    February 2, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    I think Krispy should stay RGA chair as well. Nationally, that makes about 10 of us. He is doing more harm than good, and over half the GOP governors do not deserve reelection.

    February 2, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. drake mallard

    Louisiana Governor Piyush Jindal learned that people who live in glass houses should not throw stones. You remember Jindal, he is the Governor who said that he would sign the birther bill if it crossed his deskLouisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is an Anchor Baby Jindal "was born on June 10, 1971, in Baton Rouge to Hindu parents who had come to the United States six months before so his mother could pursue a graduate degree in nuclear physics at Louisiana State University." The simple reason is birthers are racist. It is not about whether Obama was born here, it is about the color of his skin and Piyush has learned that lesson the hard way.

    February 2, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. don in albuquerque

    He probably should stay.....for now, tomorrow may be a whole new ball game.

    February 2, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. rs

    He should remain head of the RGA- he is a great reminder of all of what is wrong with the GOP as a whole- and as soon as that evidence appears (Guiliani's "one e-mail away"), then he can get tossed out.

    February 2, 2014 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  7. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Stop picking on the bully. He's the perfect one to represent the Republican Governors!

    February 2, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. Thomas

    Louisiana Governor Piyush Jindal the once young, up and coming star for the GOP

    I always thought Bobby Jindal and Herman Cain would be a great comic act .

    As for Chris Christie , let him be a ballon in next years Thanksgiving Day Parade .

    February 2, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. Marie MD

    Another ex rising teaklan burned out star endorsing an almost rising star who couldn't get off the ground.

    February 2, 2014 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  10. Ron L.

    As I have paid more attention to the words and actions of Governor Jindal, it is clear he is of average intelligence and capable of extremely bad decisions. He is a political animal capable of saying what ever he feels will help "the party" whether or not he believe it is true. For this reason he should be ignored. Governors Christies "circle of trust" has been cracked an America is about to find out those times he berated the average citizen for asking questions he did not want to answer was nothing compared to the strong arming, and bullying he has been doing behind closed doors. To me two things stand out:
    1) The so-called Democratic support from Mayors was motivated by fear of being blackballed by his administration.
    2) I remember clearly the Governor saying that the President was a very poor manager of his people and that he had
    so much better control of his employees actions. Now he is saying he doesn't get into the details of everything
    going on in his administration. He gives his employees a great deal of freedom to perform their duties. One of
    these statements is a LIE.
    Governor Christie needs to resign this position as RGA chairman simply because it is going to get worst for him before it gets better. It will also show he cares more about his party than his own ego. But because his ego is so HUGE, I doubt he will resign from it until things get a lot worst for him.

    February 2, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. mark

    You folks bashing the conservative will wind up asking what happened. Christy isn't my first choice, but he's much better than anything the left has to offer.... besides, you people are burning him at the stake before he's even been convicted.

    February 2, 2014 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  12. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Who cares what this teaparty CLOWN says !!!!!!!

    February 2, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  13. GOP = Greed Over People

    Yep, Howdy Dowdy has always been my go to guy for GOP strategy!

    February 2, 2014 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. One nation

    It's going down, I'm yelling timber!

    February 3, 2014 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim wrote:

    I think Krispy should stay RGA chair as well. Nationally, that makes about 10 of us. He is doing more harm than good, and over half the GOP governors do not deserve reelection.
    I suspect Democrats would want him to remain as RGA chair because it only serves to illuminate moral hypocrisies that are constantly being displayed by conservatives. Everyone must have exemplory moral behavior except, of course, for themselves. Obviously, some well-connected people must think that Christie is "stronger than the storm."

    It's quite possible that he could survive these scandals and remain Gov. of NJ. But if he does, then his entire image that he's built for himself as being the manager extraodinaire will have been completely undermined. The process of demonstrating Christie's innoncence, and lack of direct involvement, requires that Christie must act like he's a "Col. Klink."

    February 3, 2014 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    rs wrote:

    He should remain head of the RGA- he is a great reminder of all of what is wrong with the GOP as a whole- and as soon as that evidence appears (Guiliani's "one e-mail away"), then he can get tossed out.
    Ordinarily I would be inclined to agree with you in calling for his resignation should his administration enter freefall. But, since Christie is the presumed front runner for the 2016 Republican nomination, I would say let him stay on as RGA Chairman. He can only cause extensive collateral damage to the Republican brand as they continue to deny the facts and reality of Christie's corruption.

    February 3, 2014 09:29 am at 9:29 am |