Christie-led RGA doubles 6-month fundraising record

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie led the Republican Governors Association to raise a record-breaking $50 million in the first six months of his chairmanship.

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That’s over $25 million more than the last six-month fundraising record, made by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour in 2010.

And it comes as Republicans are facing a tougher fight this cycle than Democrats, defending 22 seats to the Democrats' 14. The RGA has, however, consistently outraised the Democratic Governors Association. 

Christie’s leadership of the committee comes as he faces budget troubles and an ongoing investigation into lane closures on the George Washington Bridge back at home. But his continued fundraising successes with the RGA have been a bright spot in a troubled six months as he contemplates a potential 2016 presidential run.