RGA Sets Fundraising Records Under Christie

RGA Sets Fundraising Records Under Christie
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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's approval rating may have taken a nosedive over the last few months, but his fundraising abilities apparently are undiminished. The Republican Governors Association announced Thursday that it has broken two fundraising records under Christie’s leadership. 

The RGA took in $23.5 million in the first quarter of 2014, easily topping the previous high, $9.1 million, which the group raised during the first three months of 2010. Furthermore, since Christie took the helm of the RGA in late November, the group has received $33 million in donations -- another record number. Christie said in a statement that “Republican governors are getting results.” 

He added: “Thanks to the hard work and success of every Republican governor, we have the resources we need to win these critical elections.”

Governors with national ambitions typically take leadership positions in the RGA or its Democratic counterpart, which elevates their profiles and offers close ties to some of their party’s top donors.

Christie, briefly considered a potential frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, has seen his standing diminish since the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal became national news in January. 

The RGA now has about $59.6 million on hand, double the amount it had at this point in the previous election cycle. RGA Executive Director Phil Cox said in a statement that the organization’s “strong financial position will give us the resources to push back against the public sector unions and the White House, who have targeted Republican governors and candidates for defeat.”

The party faces a challenging election map this November, as nearly two-thirds of the gubernatorial seats in contention are held by Republicans. 

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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