While Chris Christie continues trying to summon the courage to take on Andrew Cuomo in New York, another Governor has agreed to fight his battles for him, lending fundraising support to Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino. Bobby Jindal has agreed to host a campaign fundraiser in Manhattan for Astorino, not buying into Christie’s rhetoric that the New York race is a “lost cause.”
Via the New York Post:
Jindal, like New Jersey’s Christie a potential presidential candidate in 2016, agreed last week to host a big-ticket fund-raiser for Westchester County Executive Astorino in Manhattan on Oct. 16, 2¹/₂ weeks before Election Day and in time to help fund a last-minute TV blitz to bolster Astorino’s financially hard-pressed campaign.
“Gov. Jindal believes this race is winnable by Rob, and he wants to come in, and he’ll be doing the fund-raising event for us,’’ Astorino spokeswoman Jessica Proud told The Post.
“He has a very good donor list in New York City, and he’s going to be very helpful,’’ she continued.
One prominent Republican called Jindal’s announcement a ““shot across Christie’s bow,” adding that “there’s no love lost there.”
Numerous other GOP governor’s with national political aspirations have lent support to Astorino, including Mike Pence of Indiana, Rick Perry of Texas, and Scott Walker of Wisconsin.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie last month announced that he and the Republican Governor’s Association (RGA) would not be supporting gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino in his bid to upset Governor Andrew Cuomo. Christie referred to Astorino’s campaign as a “lost cause.” Since then, Cuomo has suffered a hit in job approval ratings with the Moreland scandal, something Christie cowardly has refused to talk about.
Fellow Republicans started firing back however, with Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin saying ‘Christie is stabbing Astorino in the back,’ and former Republican Governor of New York, George Pataki, calling Christie’s lack of action “incomprehensible and disappointing.”
The Post reports RGA insiders claim that Christie’s actions are a subtle ‘thank you’ to Cuomo for keeping quiet during his Bridgegate scandal.
When you’re willing to sell out fellow Republicans based on a mutual propensity for scandal, then you are nothing more than an equally corrupt, typical career politician.