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New Jersey Donors Give Big To RGA With Christie In Office

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In 2013, donations from the Garden State totaled $2.6 million -- the highest total in a decade. In 2009, donations from his state totaled about $2 million. The Journal framed the numbers as "a sign of [Christie's] efforts to recruit contributions for an influential group that could nurture a 2016 presidential run."

"Governor Christie is a strong and effective fundraiser for the RGA," the organization's Executive Director Phil Cox told the Journal in a written statement. "Donors across the country continue to respond to his leadership."

Christie was elected chairman of the RGA in November. Last week, the association announced that it had raised $6 million in January, a record for that month, despite the scandals that have swirled around Christie since the start of the year.