Gov. Christie Inches Closer to National Spotlight

Friday, November 22, 2013

Gov. Chris Christie (Ronald Martinez/Getty)

This week, Republican governors from around the country convened in Scottsdale, Arizona for the annual Republican Governor’s Association Conference. 

They were there for business as usual—and to officially welcome their new chairman, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. In his new role, Governor Christie will lead the charge on fundraising for the association, convincing wealthy individuals, corporations and special interests to give—and then deciding which races around the country deserve funds.

The RGA, which isn’t regulated by the Federal Election Commission, has already picked up a million dollars from David Koch, plus at least a quarter-million each from the American Beverage Association, Wal-Mart, and others. 

It's a chance to set the party agenda—it's also a chance for Governor Christie to elevate his own profile and hobnob with some of the GOP's biggest donors. 

Matt Katz, New Jersey Public Radio reporter has been reporting on this year’s RGA conference. He joins The Takeaway to discuss Christie's personal political agenda and which state races will likely get money—and attention. 

Guests:

Matt Katz

Produced by:

Mythili Rao

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Deedeemao

In another article by author Matt Katz, "Five myths about Chris Christie" one myth is that the bridge scandal is that Bridge-gate diminishes his chances in 2016, which is reasonably debatable as to it being a myth, and yet, overall, this same author seems to be putting a great deal of effiort into pushing Christie as the GOP presidential candidate and as such, I suspect that Mr. Katz must be either be a lifelong Democcazt or else a gveery Liberal Republican in the Arlen Specter mold.

In Myth number one, of the "Five myths about Chris Christie" Mr. Katz states that it is a MYTH that Christie is a RINO, or Republican in name only.

This may be a matter of semantics But look at the last Two GOP candidates for president. John McCain is not much of a Republican and if anyone was Ever a RINO he comes pretty close to the textbook definition.

And yet the GOP establishment felt that Republican who only stood for those principles that Republicans stood for wouldn't attract very man voters but that someone who stood for more Liberal principles or who had no principles at all would somehow appeal to a broader swath of the electorate.

Result? Failure.

And yet they tried this same failed strategy again with another squishy unprincipled, "Moderate", Mitt Romney, and failed yet AGAIN!

And now these fools are stuck on stupid and wantto do it a third time with mister "Middle-of-the-road-on-a-bridge-to-nowhere" Chris Christie.

Now, I've read some of this author's columns and he does not appear to be a stupid man and as such, I can only conclude that he must be a very clever Democrat that wants the GOP leadership to remain stuck on stupid and pick Christie as their nominee.

Jan. 21 2014 07:55 PM

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