Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Gop Governors Group Stands Behind Christie

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Gop Governors Group Stands Behind Christie

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The Republican Governors Association has no plans to ask Governor Christie to step down as its chairman because of controversies clouding his administration and pointed to two upcoming events he'll attend as proof they're standing by him.

Ken Cuccinelli, a Republican who lost his bid for governor of Virginia last year, went on CNN's "Crossfire" on Tuesday night and called on Christie to step aside after members of his inner circle were tied to the George Washington Bridge lane closures and amid allegations from a mayor that his administration threatened to withhold Superstorm Sandy aid if she didn't fast-track a development the governor supports.

As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie is responsible for helping raise money for and support GOP gubernatorial candidates across the country during a year when 36 seats are up for grabs. It's a role that will allow him to build a network of political and fundraising contacts across the nation as he's looked at as a potential contender for his party's presidential nomination in 2016.

Christie has been working to put the bridge controversy, which tied up traffic in Fort Lee for days in September, behind him as he set out goals in his State of the State address last week and reasserted his mission to lower taxes, improve education and help drug addicts get much-needed treatment during his inaugural address Tuesday. But his speeches have been overshadowed by a Legislative investigation into the lane closures and now Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer's claims that Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and other members of the governor's administration threatened her.

Events in Illinois, Texas

Jon Thompson, a spokesman for the Republican Governors Association, said Christie will attend RGA events in Illinois and Texas early next month and requests are still coming in from candidates across the country seeking Christie's help with races.

"Governor Christie is a very effective fundraiser and leader for the RGA and there's no doubt that we will continue this year as we aggressively focus on 36 gubernatorial elections and adding to our strong majority of GOP governors," Thompson said.

The governor's favorability rating dropped from 65 percent before the election to 46 percent following the bridge scandal, a Rutgers- Eagleton poll released Wednesday found. …

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