Christie back in campaign spotlight
February 18th, 2014
09:26 AM ET
9 years ago

Christie back in campaign spotlight

(CNN) - He's dealing with major controversies in his home state of New Jersey, but nationally Gov. Chris Christie remains one of the GOP's most potent rainmakers.

And Tuesday night Christie heads to New York City to attend a gathering and fundraiser for Senate Republicans, as they try to win back the chamber this November from the Democrats.

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Christie is scheduled to speak at the National Republican Senatorial Committee's "Majority Makers Policy Retreat." The event, at the storied Harvard Club, will include major donors and supporters of the GOP.

"This is an event where donors interact with senators and candidates. The governor will be talking about the importance of winning back the Senate majority this fall, and how the Republican Party can compete and win in all corners of this country, including blue states," a senior aide to Christie told CNN.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Orrin Hatch of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas will be in attendance, a source with knowledge of the event told CNN. Democrats hold a 55-45 majority in the Senate (53 Democrats and two independents who caucus with the party), but are defending 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs in November's midterm elections. And half of the seats the Democrats are defending are located in red or purple states.

While assisting Senate Republicans Tuesday night, as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie's main political task right now outside of the Garden State is to raise as much money as possible to help GOP governors and gubernatorial candidates win elections this year. Thirty-six states hold gubernatorial contests in November, with the GOP defending 22 of those seats.

Christie's problems back home

Christie's administration is facing multiple investigations in a controversy that has shaken the governor's political future. State lawmakers and the U.S. Attorney's Office are looking into allegations that top Christie appointees orchestrated traffic jams from September 9-13 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 denied knowing anything about the gridlock until after it occurred, and has said he knew nothing about any political mischief by members of his administration. He's also facing allegations by the Democratic mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, that members of his administration held Superstorm Sandy recovery funds hostage in exchange for approval of a real estate development project in that city.

Christie's reaction to the deadly and destructive storm, which slammed into New Jersey and New York in late October 2012, launched him further into the national spotlight, sent his approval ratings in the Garden State soaring, and helped him easily win re-election last November.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • New Jersey • NRSC • Senate
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Gunderson

    Holy Scandal Gate!,
    You would think Christi shot Mother Teresa! Such Verve, such Drama! With so many experts posting here you think Golly Christi gonna be you next president! Just because he is going to take away your Rubber Ducky is no reason to not vote for him. And remember Trust your car to the guy that wears the star!

    February 18, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Tommy G

    hahahaha.... Democrats wasting many, many millions of tax payer dollars in a politically driven witch hunt. All wasted because Christie isn't guilty of anything. There is zero proof of his involvement. All this is is an attempt to smear a potential Republican presidential candidate. But it will only make him stronger as he makes all of these slimey Democrats look like idiots.
    Actually, he would probably come out better over the long run if there was direct proof of his involvment. Republicans have bounced back from worse. But, if he's not involved, then that only means that: he has no leadership skills; he let his staff run things; he had no idea what his people did every day: he may have been a puppet serving a higher authority.

    February 18, 2014 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  3. Eddy

    I have to laugh at Democrats on this so called scandal. Accusing Republicans of being in denial while the numerous Obama scandals were "fake" in their eyes. If only they devoted the time and energy into looking into Obama's. Of course, that would only mean that they are interested in the truth. Yeah, probably will never happen.

    February 18, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. TomGI

    "... one of the GOP's most potent rainmakers."

    What a silly statement. Next they'll be calling him a 'rockstar' or a 'political black belt' or a 'Republican ninja'

    February 18, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. daveinla

    Chris Christie in "New Joesey" affects me how?

    February 18, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. JackBeHumble

    Unless either the Democrat or Prepublican caucus achieves the 60-vote mark, the other will retain and use it's super-minority filibuster power to block unfavorable legislation that might otherwise get a Presidential signature.

    Neither party really wants the filibuster to go away; it is the only thing they believe gives them any power from being overrun by the majority. When the filibuster is used too often, it brings legislation to a halt, and only specially crafted compromises and automatic (and ever increasing) spending laws keep eating up our money.

    February 18, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine


    I have to laugh at Democrats on this so called scandal. Accusing Republicans of being in denial while the numerous Obama scandals were "fake" in their eyes. If only they devoted the time and energy into looking into Obama's. Of course, that would only mean that they are interested in the truth. Yeah, probably will never happen.
    I'm amazed that you have not been regalling us with tales of all the hearing Issa has held: you know, the ones that involved a ton of taxpayer money to investigate whaever got Issa's fancy. Any results to report on? Oh, that's right, you have nothing, but its not stopped the FOX spin machine from going into overdrive. BTW, the Wall Steet Journal, a Murdoch paper, is leading the investigative reporting into Christie. There is something going on, not the latest of which was the use of Port Authority Police with personal ties to Chritie in aiding and abbetting the lane closures. Still laughing, or are you ignoring the ugly, emrging truth about the one person who could win in 2016 on the GOP side.

    February 18, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  8. mfvjr

    Assuming that Mr Christie was not involved or has no knowledge (clean as paper) of what was going on in this scandal, then he is the most inept administrator I have ever known. He is a puppet. But my gut feeling is, he is lying and his lies are as long as the traffic jam he created. Were you duped?

    February 18, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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