Gov. Chris Christie granted interviews to all five major news networks Wednesday morning, reveling in the thumping Republican governors gave Democrats on Election Night.
As chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Christie helped raise $106 million over the past year and made public appearances with candidates in 26 states, on top of fundraisers and other RGA events in 10 others.
Republicans picked up four Democratic-held governorships and held on to key competitive states.
For Christie, the night represented a high point after months of controversy surrounding his office's involvement with the Bridgegate scandal and budget woes in New Jersey. The victories gave him fresh momentum and leadership bona fides as he prepares for a potential presidential run.
lt also capped off a year of political growth and learning how to be a "team player," said GOP strategist Ford O'Connell.
"Part of the midterms was about widening his political appeal -- it was about collecting chits from donors and activists," he continued. "But it was also about demonstrating to fellow Republicans that you can play nice with others in your own party."