New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, on Monday praised former Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona as a "trusted, accomplished leader."
Aiona formally announced his campaign for governor on Monday at the state Capitol. The Republican lost by double digits to Gov. Neil Abercrombie in 2010.
The RGA made a substantial investment in Hawaii on behalf of Aiona four years ago.
Duke Aiona’s entry into this year’s race for governor is good news for Hawaii voters. After nearly four years of Neil Abercrombie’s weak leadership and poor stewardship of taxpayer dollars, Aiona offers voters a strong alternative to Abercrombie and a fresh vision for the state’s future. A trusted, accomplished leader, Aiona has a proven record of success to build on; he knows what it will take to restore accountability in government and preserve the Aloha State’s tradition as a place where opportunity and prosperity are available to all. The Republican Governors Association welcomes Duke Aiona to the Hawaii governor’s race.