As background, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie serves as Chairman of the Republican Governors' Association (RGA). In that capacity, Christie controls the purse-strings of a substantial pot of dough that would normally be deployed to the most competitive gubernatorial races for GOP candidates.
Despite rumors of Christie undermining Walker's campaign by withholding precious funding, GOP insiders had earlier assured the Standard that Christie had Walker's back. It would appear that they were lying.
That’s not accurate.
...Our “GOP source with knowledge of RGA spending” told us [that] the RGA is committing to just $2 million now – that’s not an increase over their original amount, as RGA officials told the Post, it would appear to be a significant reduction.
What's more, Wisconsin GOP sources dispute the RGA's claim to have spent $6 million to date, putting the figure at closer to $3 million.
...the RGA is now conceding that they are spending more on Michigan ($10 million to date) than Wisconsin... In the RealClearPolitics average of polls over the last three weeks (9/30 through 10/19) [Michigan Gov. Rick] Snyder has a 5.6 point lead.
...In Wisconsin, by contrast, Democrat Mary Burke has led or been tied with Walker in nearly half of the polls taken since April (7 of 16). On Thursday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "Burke and her allies have outspent the governor and his allies on broadcast television, $8.2 million to $7.4 million, according to data compiled by the Center for Public Integrity," but "Republicans are believed to have a spending advantage" on cable. Campaign spending is just one factor out of many that can determine the outcome of a close race, but the race in Wisconsin couldn't get any closer. Walker and Burke are now tied--47.3 percent to 47.3 percent--in the average of polls.
Like 2012 -- when the New Jersey governor threw Mitt Romney under the bus by offering numerous photo ops and a tacit endorsement of Barack Obama after Hurricane Sandy -- it would seem that Chris Christie's number one job is promoting Chris Christie.
If that means sabotaging a potential 2016 rival for the GOP presidential nomination, so be it. Christie is a perfect representative of the GOP establishment; he fits in seamlessly with other selfish "me-firsters" like Karl Rove, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner.
Hat tip: BadBlue News.