Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R-Ga) welcomed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) today in Atlanta for a fundraiser, unleashing biting criticism from Georgia Democrats who ridiculed the visit by calling Christie "bridgegate" and Deal "snowgate" and "ethicsgate" in a press conference.
"Republicans hold governors like deal and Christie up as models of good government," said DuBose Porter today, Chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia. "People across the country deserve leaders who will preserve the trust."
Democrats also released an ad, highlighting both governors' political problems.
Christie has been accused of ordering paralyzing road work last September near the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, a New Jersey town whose mayor refused to endorse Christie in his gubernatorial reelection.
The construction caused a traffic that stopped residents, adults and children, from reaching work and school; at least one death was blamed on the traffic when an emergency vehicle couldn't get through. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now involved in the investigation.
Deal faced severe scrutiny this January when an ice and snow storm brought the city of Atlanta to a standstill with interstates and local roads full of cars that couldn't go anywhere. Some residents spent as long as 30 hours in their vehicles. The governor was attending a banquet when the storm started and did not order a state of emergency until much later.
A federal grand jury is also looking into the handling of an ethics complaint leveled against Deal's 2010 gubernatorial campaign. At the time, Deal was cleared of any wrongdoing, but there are allegations of a cover-up.
Christie is attending an event at the East Lake Golf Club today, a $10,000 a ticket affair to raise money for the Republican Governors Association.
Deal is running for his reelection this year and he is facing some Republican opposition in the primary. In the general election, he is likely to run against Democrat Jason Carter, the grandson of Jimmy Carter.