RGA breaks its first-quarter record for fundraising

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The Republican Governors Association said Thursday it set a first-quarter fundraising record for itself by raking in $23.5 million — double the amount it raised at the same point in 2010, a comparable midterm election season.

It also $60 million on hand, nearly twice the amount it had in 2010, as it eyes 36 races.

RGA Chairman Chris Christie said they “have the resource we need to win these critical elections.”

“While Washington is broken, Republican governors are getting results, making government work and putting policies in place to put their states on the right track,” Mr. Christie, the governor of New Jersey. “Republican governors have done more than just talk about reforming government, they have made the tough decisions and gotten results.”

Mr. Christie took the association’s reins while immersed in questions about toll-lane closures that wreaked havoc last September in a New Jersey town near the George Washington Bridge.

While members of his staff have been implication in closing the lanes, possibly as political retribution, Mr. Christie insists he had no knowledge of the ploy and an in-house review recently cleared him of wrongdoing.

State lawmakers and federal prosecutors are still looking into the episode.

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