As new chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could be called on to stump for party candidates in many states, including South Carolina. The group is holding its annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona this week, where local media reports Christie pledged to help elect more Republicans in the 36 states holding gubernatorial elections in 2014.
According to Rob Godfrey, Haley spokesman: “Gov. Christie and Gov. Haley are friends and colleagues, and while there is no scheduled visit to South Carolina right now, Gov. Christie has committed to doing everything he can to support her re-election, and that includes coming to campaign for her at some point over the next year.”
Gov. Haley is attending the association’s conference through Thursday.
CNN’s Peter Hamby, reporting from the event underscored the importance to the party of the gubernatorial race in South Carolina, the home of the first-in-the-South presidential primary. He has the financial resources to help too. Hamby reports that Christie’s new role includes oversight of a $150 million midterm political budget.