NJ Republican Gov. Chris Christie keeps low profile in Washington as Democrats attack

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie takes a cell phone photo with NGA staffer Lily Kersh of Little Rock, Ark., during the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Next week Christie is scheduled to lead his second New Jersey town hall-style meeting in as many weeks. He is also set to maintain an aggressive national travel schedule in the coming months.

The Republican Governors Association already announced his plans to travel to Texas, Massachusetts, Georgia, Connecticut and Utah and the association's executive director, Phil Cox, said that's just the beginning.

"I know we've got 10 to 12 trips planned over the next two to three months," Cox said. "You're going to see Governor Christie and many of our governors out across the country campaigning for our candidates."

Of the New Jersey scandal, Cox said, "I don't see it as an issue."

Democrats are using Christie's struggles, along with the recent indictment of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, to undercut the message of Republican governors acting as change agents. Party officials also jumped on the disclosure in Wisconsin this week of tens of thousands of emails that appeared to mix official and campaign business while Walker was serving as county executive and running for governor in 2010, a campaign he won.

At the governor's meeting Saturday, Walker downplayed the documents as "old news," adding that while that investigation is closed, Christie's problems are "just beginning."

Michael Czin, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee, said, "Especially as other Republican candidates and governors bring Christie in to campaign for them, we're going to continue to talk about how he got things done in New Jersey."

Mitt Romney, the GOP's 2012 presidential nominee, is expected to attend a Christie fundraiser in Boston next week. The event, like all of Christie's national fundraising appearances so far, is expected to be private.

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