Dogged by a scandal at home and facing public scrutiny on all fronts, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bet on a full travel slate on behalf of the Republican Governors Association to spur a comeback.

And, at least for the short term, he has come out on top.

Having brought in $1.5 million in Texas last week, Christie, the association’s chair, reeled in another $1 million in Chicago on Tuesday for Republican gubernatorial candidates, the RGA confirmed. For Republicans doubting Christie’s capacity to retain his role as chair, the fundraising hauls will be key to persuading otherwise.

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