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Scandal-Plagued Chris Christie is Headed to Texas to Fundraise for the RGA and Support Greg Abbott

by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Jan 27, 2014 at 09:30 AM CST

Rather than focus on the scandals that emerge daily about his administration or attend to the needs of the great Garden State, Chris Christie is headed to Texas to fundraise in Dallas and Houston for the Republican Governors Association, of which he is chair.

The trip is part of a national fundraising effort in which the RGA will promote a scandal-plagued bully as the Republican Party's standard-bearer and try to increase his prominence as a potential 2016 front-runner.

The RGA is very enthusiastic about Greg Abbott's campaign for governor, and probably hopes to sponge up some campaign cash from Abbott supporters.

However, it remains to be seen if Abbott will actually appear with Christie at the events, or if Republican donors who may favor Ted Cruz or Rick Perry for the Presidency will want to burnish Christie's credentials as a fundraiser in the Lone Star State.

Additionally, with the New Jersey Star-Ledger calling on Christie to resign his post at the RGA, it remains if this trip will do more harm than good for the organization, and for Abbott, who may need to depend on RGA money to support his campaign.

More below the jump.

The Star-Ledger editorial board -- which actually endorsed Chris Christie's re-election despite claiming that he could not govern, because they couldn't handle Democrat Barbara Buono's support from Labor -- wrote a sharp Op-Ed calling on Christie to step down from the RGA to focus on problems at home rather than fundraising trips elsewhere.

They write:

Gov. Chris Christie is fresh off a fundraising trip to Florida as head of the Republican Governors Association, and is now scheduled to travel to Utah, Illinois, Texas, Georgia, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

During those trips, the business of running the state of New Jersey will take a back seat. And no doubt there will be many more trips when these are done.

This is great for Christie's career, but terrible for New Jersey. Given that, he should step down.

Meanwhile, none other than Virginia's recent gubernatorial loser Ken Cuccinelli also called on Christie to step down from the RGA. Florida Governor Rick Scott tried to avoid Christie on his recent swing through Florida.

Will Greg Abbott join Chris Christie at RGA fundraising events to help the organization raise cash, that could in turn support his campaign?

Or will he, too, avoid the embattled New Jersey Republican, whose campaign has been subpoena'ed and who may have withheld hurricane relief funds to coerce a mayor to approve a real estate project?

One thing is for sure -- Chris Christie clearly has no interest in governing. And if that's the kind of person that the RGA wants to trot around to promote their party's "leadership," what does that infer about their candidates?

Follow BOR's Senior New Jersey Correspondent on Twitter: @KathTX

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