Despite facing controversy at home, Gov. Christie raised $1 million for the Republican Governors Association in Chicago Tuesday, a spokesman for the group said.
Christie, the RGA’s chairman, raised the money while appearing at multiple private fundraisers, said the spokesman, Jon Thompson. The RGA did not disclose details about the fundraisers. The Chicago Tribune reported that Christie had met with Bruce Rauner, an equity investor and Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate.
While the investigations into the George Washington Bridge lane closures have prompted some critics to call for Christie to step down from the RGA, the association raised a record amount of money in January – $6 million, more than twice the previous record for that month, Thompson said.
It’s unclear how much money the Democratic Governors Association raised last month. A spokesman directed a reporter to records filed with the IRS, which show $25.9 million was raised in 2013.
The RGA raised $50.6 million last year, according to IRS records.
Christie became chairman of the RGA in November following his landslide reelection win. His ascension to the helm of the organization was seen as a boon to his possible presidential bid in 2016 – and a boost to fellow Republicans, who would benefit from his popularity.
Since the revelations last month linking Christie’s administration to an apparent scheme to jam traffic near the George Washington Bridge in September, the governor’s approval ratings have fallen in state and national polls. Christie has said he played no role in the gridlock.
The controversy hasn’t spurred Christie to scale back on travel. In addition to Tuesday’s Chicago trip, he has attended fundraisers in Florida and Texas, where he raised $1.5 million last week, according to the RGA.
He is slated to travel to Massachusetts, Utah, Georgia, Connecticut and Michigan on the RGA’s behalf in the weeks and months to come.