- The Washington Times - Monday, January 27, 2014

The Republican Governors Association (RGA) raised more than $50 million in 2013 and has $50 million on hand, dwarfing both totals from four years ago.

“Republican governors are acting boldly, making tough decisions and providing strong leadership for their states in a way that Washington simply is not,” RGA Chairman and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said in a news release accompanying the Monday announcement. “Thanks to the generosity of so many supporters, the leadership in 2013 of Governors [Bobby] Jindal and [Scott] Walker, and the efforts of every Republican governor, we enter 2014 with the resources we need to win.”

The news comes as some are calling on Mr. Christie to step down from his position as chairman as he deals with the fallout from investigations into subordinates purportedly ordering the blocking of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge as a form of political retaliation last year.

Mr. Christie easily won re-election in 2013, but Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who had never before held elected office and was best known as a national Democratic rainmaker and moneyman for President Clinton, narrowly defeated former GOP Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II in the country’s only competitive gubernatorial race last year.


Mr. Christie reportedly declined an invitation to campaign for Mr. Cuccinelli, who lost by about 2.5 percentage points to Mr. McAuliffe, a man who once wrestled an alligator to secure a $15,000 campaign donation.

Nevertheless, the RGA by comparison raised $30 million in 2009 and finished that year with $25 millon on hand. Mr. Christie first won election in 2009, as did former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was recently indicted on federal corruption charges for allegedly exchanging gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman to promote a health supplement product.