Romney To Attend Fundraiser With Christie

Signals to the party's donor class that he is standing by embattled governor

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Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will attend a fundraiser for the Republican Governors Association meeting in Boston this week with embattled New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Romney’s attendance at the Thursday fundraiser, first reported by the Washington Post and confirmed by an aide, is a signal to the party’s donor class that he is standing by Christie as he fights to weather the fallout from the George Washington Bridge lane-closure scandal. Aides to Christie allegedly conspired to shut a lane of the bridge in September out of apparent political retribution against the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J.

Christie has come under pressure as chairman of the RGA to step aside due to the distractions of the scandal. Meanwhile, he has launched an aggressive fundraising schedule to raise money to elect other Republican governors.

The New Jersey governor is looking to follow in the footsteps of Romney, who used his RGA chairmanship in 2006 as a springboard for a campaign for higher office. The RGA has brought in more than $18 million since Christie took the helm of the group last November, setting a new fundraising record for the organization.

But outside of the fundraising events, Christie has kept a low profile. Appearing at a meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington, Christie ducked reporters’ questions. He will not attend a planned RGA press conference on Monday or a dinner at the White House on Sunday night, instead returning to New Jersey on Sunday to celebrate his daughter Sarah’s 18th birthday.

Lis Smith, an advisor to the Democratic Governors Association, attacked Christie for appearing with Romney, noting that GOP gubernatorial candidates have avoided appearing publicly with Christie since the scandal.

Romney and Christie remain friendly, despite staff-level sour grapes from the 2012 campaign over scheduling and Christie’s embrace of President Barack Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

28 comments
jilli.brown
jilli.brown

Impressive? Romney is bringing his base to support Christie - all 25 family members. Romney didn't have a base, that's why he lost - why would he be an advantage to anyone at this point?

GuoLiang
GuoLiang

Fatty and loser. Conservatism is for weak countries. 


Nationalism is the machine that really kills leftists.

jrawlings99
jrawlings99

Great to see Mafia Soprano Gov. Christie and Richie Rich Romney team up for money.  Romney vetted Christie as the VP and saw his corrupt history and decided on Paul Ryan.  But as a loyal Republican and of course for the money Romney is now joining Christie and praising  his leadership.  Romney knows Christie is out and just might need him in the future.  Then it's those wealthy donors that are needed again.  Millions poured in to get Romney elected as Mitt put his hold family on the payroll.   Ann got her first pay check campaigning for Mitt.  Mitt is among his friends the haves and have more.  Christie is just using his Mafia style and telling people what they want to hear.  Christie and Karl Rove did a great job creating Christie's image with the famous Obama photo's to tell voters he can work with Democrats.  But now it's time to draw in the Tea Party and Conservatives with attacks on Obama. Mitt called on his child molester friend Ted Nugent for an endorsement maybe Christie will call on Ted to endorse him.

sacredh
sacredh

Somebody should set out some traffic cones as a joke. Christie would get a good laugh.

NathanRuben
NathanRuben

Back in NJ, Senator Stephen Sweeney stabbed Christie in the back.  He took out most his appointees and Christie went along with it and turned his back on those who supported him.  Christie will NEVER get a shot at being President, but Sweeney thinks he has a chance of taking Christie's place as Governor.   He's actually out there campaigning and telling everyone Christie stole Sandy Money.  What a dirty bag.  He knows he was part of that.  Sweeney can't be trusted, none of these guys can.  Christie sold out NJ to these political bosses who are dictators that have been in powers for over 30 years.  New Jersey has the HIGHEST PROPERTY TAXES IN THE NATION AND THE POOREST CITY IN AMERICA, CAMDEN.  THIS IS BECAUSE CHRISTIE, NORCROSS AND SWEENEY HAVE RAPED OUR STATE AND CHEATED IN ELECTIONS.  Where is the US JUSTICE department and National Media.  They must have paid you off too.


Well Christie, this is what happens when you put POWER AND GREED before People who supported you.  Sweeney lied to you and used his civil service union workers to lie to your AG's office. Hope you learned a lesson.  Why don't you reappoint the people Sweeney sabotaged to GET EVEN.  Otherwise, enjoy the knife he stuck in your back.  He's in Jersey trashing your name like he does those he is seeking vengeance on.



shiprock
shiprock

I thought they closed down two of three onramps to the bridge from Fort Lee, not "a [single] lane of the bridge"?   

roknsteve
roknsteve

All the Republicans losers in one place.  Whoopie !! 

dassa0069
dassa0069

Stick a fork in him: he's done!

Sorne1947
Sorne1947

One loser getting back into the spot lite with another loser.

sacredh
sacredh

Hey, free food. Christie's going to attend.

HelmyElsaid
HelmyElsaid

GOP backing( Judicial act against Obama,UN,others-As my documents at : www.facebook.com/helmy.elsaid)

jmac
jmac

Romney was proud to appear with Ted Nugent.   What's new?   

LoraLB
LoraLB

One loser sticking by the other. 

stevek77536
stevek77536

"The party still appeals to the greediest of the wealthy who only want to accumulate more money, the one man army wannabes, the religious zealots and the bigots of the country."  Yes.  But these two at least try to cover that up (and fail).  Here in Texas, the leading Republican candidate for governor, Greg Abbott, has Ted Nugent campaigning for him.  Yes, the guy who called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel".  Nugent apparently did win one supporter for Abbott:  "If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!" (Sarah Palin) wrote on Facebook.



DavidStrayer
DavidStrayer

Good that these two are standing together, since pretty much nobody else seems to be willing to be seen with either.


Romney was a loser from 47% onwards.  Christie, who once looked like he could pull the rabbit out of the hat for the Republican party, is now looking more like a has-been (at least in national politics) who never really was.


The Republican party has a huge problem, as exemplified by some of the other comments.  They are highly doctrinaire, intolerant and have no program to sell to the American people.  They're given to tossing off one-liners as though they're somehow a good substitute for thought or wisdom.  


But most of all, the Republicans are out of step with American public opinion, except, perhaps, for a KKK rally.


This country is becoming more tolerant, and more unwilling to accept the kind of bigotry that the GOP tries to pass off as conservatism.  The country is becoming more diverse in every respect and the attempts that the Republicans have been making to scapegoat minorities of all types, to prevent people they don't like from voting, to move the entire country into an episode of "Ozzie and Harriet" -- all these things set them against the way the country is evolving.


Perhaps the most telling problem that the GOP has is that it has become so profoundly misogynistic that it has almost entirely lost the votes of single women and has largely lost the votes of women overall.  


The party still appeals to the greediest of the wealthy who only want to accumulate more money, the one man army wannabes, the religious zealots and the bigots of the country.  But beyond that, they look only to the past while the rest of us look to the future.


jilli.brown
jilli.brown

@VickyAdlerModry   Ever wonder why we're not hearing about "New Jersey Politics?"  The Chicago Politics mantra was huge with the mouth-breathers - without any substantial evidence to back it up. Wonder how those folks feel about NJ Politics, compete with facts to back up the corruption. Their silence is telling.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@VickyAdlerModry  Wouldnt it be funny if that fat tub of lard do indeed become President ? What would you do ? Look for another reference to suit your opinion ?

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@jmac  Since when did it happen Jmac ? Stop your lying. 

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@ReneDemonteverde  It wouldn't be surprising if the Republicans picken Christy since their track record on picking losers is so good already but the Tea Party sees Christy as a far-left liberal and from where they stand on the far right side of the entire universe, everything is left..

jmac
jmac

@ReneDemonteverde  Not only did he appear on stage with Nugent, Romney's son made a statement about how great it was.   Just because you didn't see it on Fox, Rene, doesn't mean it didn't happen.  It's a fact. 

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@ReneDemonteverde  Why should anyone return any money.  Nugent is the favorite anti-American creep of Republican kooks and if Romney thinks he is the greatest thing since sliced bread, that should be goof enough for the FAUX masses.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Did Romney appeared with Teddy during the campaign or after the elections ? Did he appear with him after he made those statements or before ? And should Obama returned that million Bill Maher contributed to him after all those disparaging remarks and personal insults to conservatives