The Republican Governors Association announced today that a rising star of the party, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, was elected Vice Chairman of the organization while Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was named to the executive committee. RGA chairman Bob McDonnell praised the two in a statement, saying “No governors better exemplify the type of leadership our country needs right now than Governors Chris Christie and Scott Walker.” McDonnell took care to note the pairs ability to close “multi-billion dollar budget deficits” in his remarks.
The organization just lost its chairman, Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the 2012 campaign, moving McDonnell into the top slot. The RGA is a common launch pad for governors seeking to expand their national profile. The move is sure to stir up further rumors of a possible Christie run for the White House. Though Christie has vehemently denied any intentions of entering the 2012 GOP field, he has remained coy about a possible run in 2016.