GOP activists defend Christie at national meeting

  • Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 4:21 p.m.
    UPDATED: Friday, January 24, 2014 10:18 p.m.
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Seeking to shorten the Republican presidential selection process, the GOP moves to hold  its national convention in late June or early July in 2016, roughly two months sooner than usual. Iowa and New Hampshire would retain their coveted spots atop the presidential primary calendar. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus speaks at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. Seeking to shorten the Republican presidential selection process, the GOP moves to hold its national convention in late June or early July in 2016, roughly two months sooner than usual. Iowa and New Hampshire would retain their coveted spots atop the presidential primary calendar. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Republican activists at a national gathering are defending New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – but also saying it’s far too soon to grant him presidential front-runner status.

At the same time, a senior Christie adviser said the governor already has overcome the worst of his challenges, though federal prosecutors have issued subpoenas to his recent campaign and Democrats are pressing their abuse-of-power accusations.

All the comments came as activists from across the country gathered in Washington this week for the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting.

Christie’s popularity has fallen amid revelations that senior members of his administration helped create massive traffic jams, apparently to exact political retribution against a Democratic mayor. Additional allegations of political bullying also have emerged.

Four people close to Christie have been fired or have resigned.

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