Big GOP Donors Want Answers From Christie: ‘I Wonder How The Hell Did He Let This Happen’

AP

Chris Christie is heading to Florida this weekend to break bread with some major Republican benefactors, and some think the New Jersey governor has some explaining to do.

Politico’s Ken Vogel caught up with some GOP donors who will be meeting with Christie in the coming days.

Christie will headline fundraisers on Saturday for Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and attend a dinner on Sunday evening at the North Palm Beach, Fla. residence of Home Depot co-founder and papal critic Ken Langone. The event at Langone’s house, Vogel reported, “was billed to donors as a chance to rub elbows with Christie, not a fundraiser.”

The events will give the donors a chance to discuss the ongoing George Washington Bridge scandal with Christie, and it sounds like they plan to take advantage of the opportunity.

Here’s what Minnesota-based media mogul Stan Hubbard, who will be attending Sunday’s event, told Vogel:

“He has got a big problem, because perception is everything — perception is reality. I’m sure he’s an honorable, decent guy, but I wonder how the hell did he let this happen. I mean, who did he hire? What kind of idiot? It’s just ridiculous. How stupid.”

An unnamed Republican finance operative told Vogel that the bridge scandal has been on the minds of many donors.

“I had a donor say well ‘Who gives a sh— about you? What about all the people who are stuck on the bridge?” the operative said.

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