New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the new chief of the Republican Governors Association, one of the most popular governors in the country and a potential presidential candidate, is poised to be a superstar surrogate for as many as 20 Republican chief executives seeking re-election in 2014.
But revelations that his top allies engineered a massive traffic jam to get back at a local mayor could diminish his appeal as a top headliner at fundraisers for fellow Republicas. A test looms next Saturday, when he is slated to headline fundraisers for Gov. Rick Scott in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando.
"We always welcome Gov. Christie to Florida," said House Speaker Will Weatherford, one of the highest ranking Republicans in the state. "An unfortunate situation has taken place and he's addressed it. He's not hiding from it. I think he handled it well."