Gov. Jindal, Paul Ryan: Christie ‘should stay’ as head of GOP governor’s group

Louisiana Gov. Governor Bobby Jindal addresses the Nebraska Republican convention in Grand Island, Neb., Saturday, July 14, 2012 (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the Nebraska Republican convention in Grand Island, Neb., in July 2012 (Nati Harnik/AP )

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Sunday that scandal-plagued New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie should continue leading the Republican Governor's Association.

“I don’t think he should step down, I think he should stay there,” Jindal, a former RGA chairman himself and currently a vice chairman, said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"RGA's not about one governor, it's about all 49 of these governors, all 36 of these races [in 2014]," he said. Jindal and Christie are both possible presidential contenders in the 2016 race, though the scandal over whether highway lane closures in New Jersey were politically motivated could affect Gov. Christie's chances.

Ryan agreed with Jindal that Christie should remain in charge of the organization.

"Unless something else is known or made clear, I don't see why you would change what's going on right now," he said. "I don't think he should step down."

 

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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