The Republican Governors Association announced today that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was elected Vice Chairman of the organization and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was named to the RGA’s executive committee.
“No governors better exemplify the type of leadership our country needs right now than Governors Chris Christie and Scott Walker,” said RGA Chairman Bob McDonnell. “Both have closed multi-billion dollar budget deficits, tackled unsustainable long-term liabilities in their states and are aggressively pursuing education reform. They are sending a powerful message to the nation that the toughest political issues can be solved, and they will be valuable members of the RGA’s leadership.”
Governor Christie had already been serving on RGA’s executive committee and as Policy Vice Chairman. Governor Walker is filling an open spot on the executive committee that became vacant after Texas Governor Rick Perry entered the presidential race. Governors Haley Barbour (MS), Susana Martinez (NM), Nikki Haley (SC) and Bobby Jindal (LA) are also part of RGA’s leadership as members of the executive committee.
“The ranks of Republican governors are where America can look for the ideas and courage needed to get our country back on track,” said Governor Christie. “Republican governors are transforming their states with an eye on the next generation and positioning them for long-term prosperity. This new role is a great opportunity to ensure that the good ideas already reforming the way state government works take hold across the country.”
“Republican governors are proving that fiscal responsibility and reforms are possible, and the actions being taken in the states are beginning to impact Washington. It’s an honor being elected to a leadership position in the RGA.” said Governor Walker. “I look forward to working with the RGA to help elect more Republican governors in the years ahead.”