GOP governors say they support New Jersey's Christie


McClatchy Washington Bureau

Republican governors visiting Washington Tuesday said they support their new Republican Governors Association Chairman, New Jersey's Chris Christie, despite a swirling controversy over political retribution.

"I think Chris has been a great leader for New Jersey, certainly he's turned things around there economically," Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, R, said. "He's had bipartisan support....I can tell you this is one Republican governor who supports Chris Christie as our chairman of the RGA."

Christie, a potential candidate for president in 2016, faces an investigation over whether his staff organized serious traffic gridlock near the country's busiest bridge to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for refusing to endorse his re-election last year.

"The bottom line is he stepped up," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said. "I think whether it's Chris or any other governor, all of us who are governors, we certainly appreciate people who hold folks accountable in their administration."

The governors were part of the six-member team of the National Governors Association executive board in town to meet with President Barack Obama to talk about their priorities before he delivers his State of the Union Address Jan. 28.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with governors for nearly 90 minutes at the White House.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, D, praised their "Willingess to listen and talk about really almost anything we brought up."

Topics including investing infrastructure, energy production, education, health care as well as the budget.

The governors said they were pleased the House and Senate were moving toward passing an omnibus budget bill.

"We think its important that we have an omnibus bill that passes," Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, R said. "Any time we have uncertainty in our nation's capital that affects uncertainty in our states."

The others governors at the meeting were Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe, D, and Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, D.

Read more Politics Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  • Senate confirms US ambassador to Russia

    The Senate has confirmed President Barack Obama's nomination for U.S. ambassador to Russia, but not before a Republican senator blocked the appointment and several others.

  • FAA places new restrictions on flights over Iraq

    The Federal Aviation Administration is restricting U.S. airlines from flying at or below 30,000 feet over Iraq because of what it calls "the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict" there.

  • VP Biden praises Japan's new military policy

    Vice President Joe Biden is welcoming Japan's decision to loosen restrictions on its military to allow greater use of force to defend other countries.

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category