Jindal, Christie on deck to lead the Republican Governors’ Association

posted at 7:21 pm on October 8, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Two of conservatives’ favorite governors, both of whom were among the frontrunners in this year’s erstwhile Veepstakes speculation, are now being slated to head up the Republican Governors’ Association in the coming couple of years. First up, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, followed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, via CNN:

Under an arrangement that appears to have the blessing of RGA member governors as well as both the Jindal and Christie camps, Jindal will serve as RGA Chairman in 2013, when the Virginia and New Jersey governorships are up for grabs.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, himself a powerhouse fundraiser, will serve as vice-chairman in 2013.

Then, in 2014, Christie will take over the chairmanship, should he win re-election next November. The former prosecutor has not formally announced that he will seek a second term, but his pursuit of the RGA job for now should put any doubts about his near-term plans to rest.

Jindal would then serve as Christie’s vice-chair for the 2014 cycle, when the RGA will have a slew of high-profile seats to defend in states like Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida.

A solid resume-builder to help two of the GOP’s rising stars keep rising — as much as we’re often politically focused on the present, it never hurts to keep the future well in mind (gotta’ keep the party well-heeled for 2020, or even, just in case things don’t go Romney’s way, for 2016). Also, both Jindal and Christie are not exactly the shy or peevish sort — their rigor and charisma can certainly help with electing and re-electing a broad swath of Republicans to state governorships in the near future. 2014 could shape up to be a big year in that regard, and all of the fundraising and travel involved could help build some valuable political capital.

Most voters are now at least fairly familiar with Gov. Christie, but Gov. Jindal could definitely stand to gain from some more national exposure; I think the Veep-speculation buzz helped a bit, but unfortunately, it seems that a lot of people’s minds still automatically jump to his one-time weak State of the Union response rather than his brilliant governance. We’ve gotta’ cut that out — he’s one of the harshest, most poignant critics of President Obama we’ve got.


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excellente!

cmsinaz on October 8, 2012 at 7:23 PM

I just hear Cristie yelling, “Get into Ma Belly” at Jindjal.

JFKY on October 8, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Excellent choices.

gophergirl on October 8, 2012 at 7:24 PM

I like them both and Walkers no slouch either ….we have a deep deep deep bench

Aggie95 on October 8, 2012 at 7:26 PM

War on womenz!!11!!

SouthernGent on October 8, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Two of conservatives’ favorite governors, both of whom were among the frontrunners in this year’s erstwhile Veepstakes speculation, are now being slated to head up the Republican Governors’ Association in the coming couple of years.
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Woot-Woot,a Dynamic Dou!!

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Works for me!

Gothguy on October 8, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Yes, but can they out-fundraise the Chinese government?

Archivarix on October 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Most voters are now at least fairly familiar with Gov. Christie, but Gov. Jindal could definitely stand to gain from some more national exposure

True enough but Bobby is the better candidate of the two. I might be biased because I was one of those who first elected him to Congress so I’ve been familiar with him for a while.

More importantly, the GOP has a deep bench and the Dems do not.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM

conservatives’ favorite governors

Wait what?

Christie is many things, but he’s no conservative.

Rebar on October 8, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I wish people would stop bringing up Jindal’s response to the State of the Union from years ago. What percentage of the voting population even watched it, much less remembers it?

J.S.K. on October 8, 2012 at 7:35 PM

More importantly, the GOP has a deep bench and the Dems do not.

Happy Nomad on October 8, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Well, the Dems do have a deep bench, the only problem is that they’re chock full of fringe lunatics.

This ain’t your dad’s Democratic party, that’s for sure. The writing was on the wall when Pelosi was made speaker. It wasn’t all that long ago when her own party (rightfully) wrote her off as a fringe element.

visions on October 8, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Me VERY likey !!
Good choices, y’all !!

pambi on October 8, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I’ll say it now, PA governorship will pretty much be a lost cause. The PA ‘T’ pretty much hates Corbett over the Penn State situation, and that is the Republican base.

reddevil on October 8, 2012 at 7:41 PM

…are there any bad Republican govenors?
…I’m sure there are not many good govenors from the other party…um…wait…I can’t even think of one!

KOOLAID2 on October 8, 2012 at 7:42 PM

I’ll say it now, PA governorship will pretty much be a lost cause. The PA ‘T’ pretty much hates Corbett over the Penn State situation, and that is the Republican base.

reddevil on October 8, 2012 at 7:41 PM

The coach, who gets sentenced tomorrow, just released a recorded statement to some radio station. Fox just played it.

Disgusting is an understatement to what he said.

JPeterman on October 8, 2012 at 7:47 PM

…are there any bad Republican govenors?
…I’m sure there are not many good govenors from the other party…um…wait…I can’t even think of one!

KOOLAID2 on October 8, 2012 at 7:42 PM

The LSM will immediately tell you “Palin”…

Khun Joe on October 8, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Oh… this will be fun!

2nd Ammendment Mother on October 8, 2012 at 7:49 PM

*********** ALERT ****************

Ryan is on NOW LIVE,

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 7:53 PM

canopfor on October 8, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Like Christie for his “locked and loaded” speaking style, but he’s way too anti-gun for my own, very real locked and loaded style.

TXUS on October 8, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Rock on!

Let’s roll!

Yahtzee!

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Yahtzee? Why not?

hillbillyjim on October 8, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I am impressed by Jindal and wish him the best of luck. He is an overachiever, like Mitt and Paul, and he will serve masterfully.

Philly on October 8, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Jindal, Christie on deck to lead the Republican Governors’ Association

Jindal=good
Christie=Muslim loving gun grabbing RINO.

The Illegal campaign of Barack Insane Obama.

SWalker on October 8, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Yes!

jimver on October 8, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Jindal=good
Christie=Muslim loving gun grabbing RINO.

The Illegal campaign of Barack Insane Obama.

SWalker on October 8, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Jindal FTW!

annoyinglittletwerp on October 8, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Christie is many things, but he’s no conservative.

Amen. I live in New Jersey. While there can be no denying that Mr. Christie has made noteworthy progress since taking office last year, none of his accomplishments can be called a stunning or brilliant success. Rather, most if not all of them are half-measures tainted by the less-than-fragrant aroma of compromise where each side gets half a loaf of once-fresh bread that is now moldy because of the time spent arguing over how to slice it.

His budget passed only after three conservative Republicans were bullied into voting for it and any savings were achieved at the expense of new taxes and fees, federal Stimulus funds and accounting gimmicks; the 2% property tax cap will actually cause taxes to skyrocket; he has yet to propose the “across the board” tax cuts he promised as a candidate; the budget actually INCREASES state expenditures by 6% and the number of staff in the Governor’s office making $100,000 per year increased by ten;

His confrontation with the unions is pure Kabuki theater with little accomplished but acrimony; he has yet to lay off a single state employee and his 2011 state worker reduction plan was little more than window dressing;

He has populated his cabinet with notorious liberals (Paula Dow, Bob Martin, Poonam Alaigh, Janet Rosenzweig) while firing the only true conservative – Bret Schundler – after publicly slandering him;

In the 2010 mid-term election he endorsed RINO candidates Terry Branstad, Rick Snyder, Mike Fitzpatrick, Charlie Baker, Chris Dudley, and Mike Castle;

Although he ultimately nixed the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, he originally supported it enthusiastically and used funds raised from RGGI’s carbon auctions to help balance the budget; he has directed that state funds be appropriated to subsidize “green” technology ventures such as off-shore windmills and despite evidence demonstrating the economic non-viability of “green” technology, he continues to support it;

Despite his claim that he opposes Obamacare, he refused to join other state attorneys general in a joint lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare while accepting federal funds for the implementation of a similar program on a statewide level;

He is on record saying that he does not believe illegal aliens are here illegally and has indicated in the past that he supports amnesty for illegals. Since then he has doubled-down on this position;

During his 1995 campaign for State Assembly, Mr. Christie expressed his support for the Clinton assault weapons ban and attacked his opponents for opposing it. He generally favors strict gun control – and reiterated as much in an interview with Sean Hannity;

He supported construction of the Ground Zero Mosque and condemned those who opposed it and stands by his nomination to the state Superior Court of a lawyer with questionable ties to radical Islam.

This is not to say that Mr. Christie is a terrible governor: on the contrary, he has so far proven himself to be a relatively capable and competent chief executive and, in my opinion, the best governor New Jersey has had in decades. Let’s not forget that Gov. Christie must contend with a Democrat-dominated state legislature – not to mention an utterly corrupt Democrat political machine on state, county and local levels that makes Tammany Hall look like amateur hour on the Gong Show.

On the other hand, the glacial pace of Mr. Christie’s so-called conservative reforms is a reflection of the governor’s true political nature: in spite of his bluster, Mr. Christie is a moderate Republican and a consensus politician. While this may be an affront to the sensibilities of Movement Conservatives, it is the sine qua non of survival in the political wilderness that is the state of New Jersey.

Governor Christie does a remarkable impression of a conservative when pressed to do so, but don’t be fooled: he’s nothing more than a self-aggrandizing political hack firmly ensconced in the machinery of the GOP Establishment.

ManlyRash on October 8, 2012 at 9:21 PM

He will serve in this post until he is appointed to President Romney’s cabinet, of course.

Philly on October 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

He will serve in this post until he is appointed to President Romney’s cabinet, of course. – Philly on October 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

I don’t believe he’ll accept the offer: better to be the kingfish in a fetid pond than one of many mandarins in a Romney administration.

No, Der Blimpmeister will run (waddle, actually) for a second term as governor of New Jersey. Unfortunately, he will lose to Cory Booker.

ManlyRash on October 8, 2012 at 10:42 PM

He will serve in this post until he is appointed to President Romney’s cabinet, of course.

Philly on October 8, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Jindal at HHS and Christie at OMB!

blammm on October 9, 2012 at 12:38 AM

If Romney wins, Jindal will be in the Cabinet. He may not want to be pigeon holed by running HHS, but that may be a good place to start.
“Jindal cleaned up the Obamacare mess.”
But I could also see him as Interior Sec to clean up the drilling mess.

I want Michelle Bachman over the EPA.
Christie I want as Attorney General.
I want Herman Cain at OMB.

barnone on October 9, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Mr. Christy is not a conservative and Mr. Jindal is a ladder climber. I live in Louisiana and did not vote for Jindal this last election because he is just another typical politician that takes credit for things that have not happened and claims that he is leading the reform movement in the state. Sorry, not true. He is so focused on the achieving national recognition, he has lost site of the real issues in our state. He is a far cry better than the last governor, he is a great details man when it comes to hurricane prepardness, but he is a failure when it comes to keeping his word. Another typical politician. We didn’t want another typical politician. He has a masterful staff that can spin with Obama’s team. He has press conferences and does not take questions. Keep them both and pick a true conservative that walks the walk. That is unless the republican leadership still wants the status quo.

Sid on October 9, 2012 at 10:09 AM