GOP Governors Express Support for Embattled Christie

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 09:35 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Two Republican governors said on Tuesday that they backed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's leadership of the Republican Governors Association as he worked to move beyond the bridge-gate scandal.

"He was completely transparent and gave the public a chance to hear what he understood and what he knew," said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who survived a recall election , told CNN. "Took action on it, decisive action, in terms of removing the people who were not forthright with him.

"And assuming everything stays as he's announced, I don't see that being a problem going forward," added Walker.

Both Walker and Christie are being considered as contenders for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.

The RGA is meeting this week in Washington. Walker and Utah Gov. Gary Herbert spoke with CNN after the association's executive committee met at the White House with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

"Chris has been a great leader for New Jersey," Herbert said, though he cautioned that more details could emerge in the bridge scandal. "We need to let that play out, but this is one Republican governor that supports Chris Christie as chairman of our RGA."

Earlier Tuesday, Christie again accepted responsibility for the closing of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge last September, which led to massive gridlock for four days and charges that the debacle was political payback to a Democratic mayor who would not support his re-election bid. 

"Mistakes were clearly made," Christie said at his State of the State speech in Trenton. "And as a result, we let down the people we are entrusted to serve.

"I know our citizens deserve better. Much better," he added. "I am the governor and I am ultimately responsible for all that happens on my watch — both good and bad."

Christie is expected to be in Florida this weekend to headline fund-raisers for both the association and for Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election bid.

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