Christie Pulls $50 Mln for RGA

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie attends the 2014 Father Of The Year Awards at New York Hilton on June 4, 2014 in New York City.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie attends the 2014 Father Of The Year Awards at New York Hilton on June 4, 2014 in New York City.

Gov. Chris Christie is under fire on a few fronts: New Jersey’s flagging economy, lane closures at the George Washington Bridge last fall and now his handling of Hurricane Sandy recovery.

But that doesn’t seem to be stopping donors from taking out their checkbooks in a record way for the Republican Governors Association. Christie, a potential 2016 presidential aspirant, is chairman of the Washington-based group.

The group, which works to elect Republicans to statehouses nationwide, has a record $70 million cash on hand heading into the fall, in which 36 states will elect governors. The party holds a majority of governors’ offices and must defend 22 seats.

Jon Thompson, at the RGA, said in his tweets that the $70 million is more than double heading into November than what the organization had at this point in the 2010 cycle, which also saw three-dozen contests.

Christie, 51, has said he won’t make his mind up until next year about whether he’ll seek the presidency but has said it remains a possibility even as the scandals and other controversies bring his sky-high approval ratings to earthly levels.

Since the scandal over politically motivated traffic jams erupted in January, Christie’s dropped from the hottest politician in the U.S. to “chilly,” according to Quinnipiac University’s “National Thermometer.”

Christie’s “temperature” dropped from 55.5 degrees in January to 45.2 degrees in an April survey, according to the Hamden-Connecticut-based school.

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