Ken Cuccinelli Calls for Chris Christie to Resign RGA Chairmanship

RICHMOND, VA - NOVEMBER 05: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, appearing with his wife Teiro and family, concedes the Virginia Governor's race to Terry McAuliffe during an election night appearance before supporters November 5, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. Cuccinelli became the first state attorney general to file a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act when it was passed in 2010.
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Shane Goldmacher
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Jan. 21, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

Chris Christie keeps tak­ing lumps — even from his fel­low Re­pub­lic­ans. The latest came on Tues­day even­ing when former Vir­gin­ia at­tor­ney gen­er­al and failed can­did­ate for gov­ernor Ken Cuc­cinelli called on the New Jer­sey gov­ernor to step down as chair­man of the Re­pub­lic­an Gov­ernors As­so­ci­ation.

On the day Christie was sworn in­to his second term, Cuc­cinelli ar­gued that the scan­dal sur­round­ing the Christie’s ad­min­is­tra­tion al­leged clos­ure of a bridge for polit­ic­al re­tri­bu­tion could spread bey­ond New Jer­sey’s bor­ders if he stays put atop the RGA

“I think just from the per­spect­ive of set­ting aside this as an is­sue in oth­er races it makes sense for him to step aside in that role,” Cuc­cinelli said on CNN’s Cross­fire. “He does not serve the goals of that or­gan­iz­a­tion by stay­ing as chair­man.”

The call for Christie’s resig­na­tion is the latest symp­tom of how fast and how far Christie’s polit­ic­al star has plummeted since he led early 2016 polls only weeks ago.

Cuc­cinelli him­self had wanted to be­come a Re­pub­lic­an gov­ernor last year but lost to Demo­crat Terry McAul­iffe. The RGA was Cuc­cinelli’s biggest fin­an­cial back­er in that race. Mean­while, Christie coas­ted to a land­slide reelec­tion last Novem­ber.

Cuc­cinelli said his call for Christie to step down didn’t val­id­ate the charges of polit­ic­al re­tri­bu­tion. “It doesn’t mat­ter, per­cep­tion is real­ity,” he said.

He said he didn’t know if Christie, who re­cently traveled to Flor­ida on a fun­drais­ing swing for a fel­low GOP gov­ernor, had con­sidered such a step.

“I have no idea what his think­ing is on that,” Cuc­cinelli said.

Matt Berman contributed to this article.
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