New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may be catching some flak close to home these days. Yet, for the second time this year, he got a little good news with today’s report of the Republican Governors Association’s second straight quarter of record fundraising.
The results show he remains a potent fundraiser for the party even as he faces criticism closer to home over the state’s stagnant economy, the George Washington Bridge scandal and delays in Hurricane Sandy recovery.
Christie is chairman of the Washington-based group.
The RGA, which works to elect Republicans nationwide, has a record $70.3 million in cash on hand heading into November, with 36 governorships up for election, it said in a statement this morning. The party holds a majority of governorships and is defending 22 offices.
Under Christie, the group also raised a record $26.6 million in the second quarter to outpace the $19 million the group raised in the last comparable election cycle in 2010, according to the statement. The RGA had $40 million in cash at this point four years ago.
“The RGA has never been in such a strong financial position. It is a tribute to the sound policy, good governance and real results coming from states with Republican governors,” Christie said in the statement. “Their bold leadership, combined with the RGA’s significant resources, put us in strong position to win governors’ races across the country this year.”
Christie, 51, has said he’s under no pressure to make a decision on his own potential White House bid until next year, but got some encouraging news this week when a Quinnipiac University poll showed the party has no clear front-runner for the nomination.