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It was a disappointing night for Chris Christie supporters in Nashua Tuesday night. The New Jersey Governor finished near the bottom of the Republican field in the New Hampshire Primary.  Christie was hoping for third place or higher but instead finished in sixth. 

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After nearly 80 town halls in New Hampshire this Primary campaign, Chris Christie wrapped up his final one in Manchester Monday night.

The New Jersey Governor is hoping his tireless campaigning and strong debate performance on Saturday will pay off at the polls.

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Would-be Presidents are making their final pitches to New Hampshire voters in advance of tomorrow's presidential primary. GOP candidates are crisscrossing the state in the final push.

Governor Chris Christie told voters in Hampstead to recall the final presidential debate as they decide who to vote for.

"And when the lights get really bright, and you are getting tested. You either shine or you melt. When you are sitting in the oval office we do not want a president who will melt."

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Back in April, Shooter’s Pub in Exeter played host to one of Chris Christie’s first town halls in New Hampshire.

That was months before the New Jersey governor officially announced his bid for president, when he was still just introducing himself to the people of the Granite State.

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In New Jersey Chris Christie is known for his brash style of speaking and governing. His campaign in the so-called "establishment track" has often surprised some of those who have followed Christie in his home state. 

Victory in the New Hampshire Primary is usually counted in one way:  the candidate with the most vote wins.

But there’s another measure of primary success, something less tangible than vote totals: How long, and intensely, does a candidate woo New Hampshire voters?

The clear winners in that race this year are Republicans Chris Christie and John Kasich.

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In the final stretch before the New Hampshire Primary – Republican Chris Christie added another top state lawmaker to his list of New Hampshire endorsements. That's after House Speaker Shawn Jasper officially backed Christie at the State House on Wednesday.

So far Chris Christie has the most New Hampshire endorsements of any Republican candidate in the race.

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Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie has visited New Hampshire more than 60 times and held dozens of town halls since he first announced he was running. He campaigned here the night of the Iowa Caucus on Monday and the next day he added five more stops through the southern part of the state.

Christie has been banking on a strong finish in New Hampshire and with less than a week to go he's hoping all that face-time will translate to votes next Tuesday. 

In this year's Republican presidential primary, much has been made about a division between insiders and outsiders. But in New Hampshire, perhaps the most intense battle is happening within that insider group. And as the primary campaign enters its final stage, the fight for the mainstream Republican vote is only growing more intense.

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With every day that passes leading up to the New Hampshire primary, the pressure builds on Republican presidential hopefuls looking to make a splash here.

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Republican presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a string of campaign stops in New Hampshire Wednesday. The visit was sandwiched between two prominent national political events.

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New Hampshire’s heroin and opioid epidemic has become a front-and-center issue on the campaign trail – prompting presidential candidates from both parties to answer question after question about what they’d do to fight addiction on a national level.

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Chris Christie has spent more time in New Hampshire than any major candidate running for president.

His local focus has been by necessity as much as  by choice, but it may pay off.

Polls show him gaining traction, and as Christie told the crowd that joined him at an Exeter auto repair shop as he launched a 4-day bus tour, he believes he’s bonded with voters here.

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The fact that Chris Christie’s has spent lots of time in New Hampshire was clear the moment he stepped in the door at Janie’s café.

Chris Christie was giving thanks this weekend for one of the biggest prizes in Granite State politics: the endorsement of the New Hampshire Union Leader.

It's a notable get for the New Jersey governor, who has struggled to catch fire both nationally and in the early states. Christie had a good performance in this month's GOP debate despite dropping down to the undercard faceoff. He has gotten some momentum after that performance and has been playing up his national security experience in the aftermath of this month's deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

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Republican Chris Christie is back in New Hampshire today. It’s the New Jersey Governor’s first campaign visit after landing a high-profile endorsement.

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Republican Chris Christie says New Hampshire voters should consider his experience and decisiveness as governor in choosing the next commander in chief. 

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Republicans John Kasich and Chris Christie have both made a strong showing in New Hampshire a top priority. And after signing the required paperwork and handing over the $1000 filing fee, both men were quick to praise the judgment of New Hampshire voters, and tout the effect of a strong local showing.

"This is the way to do it. Forget me, this is a great process. I have confidence that the people of New Hampshire make really good choices and then then present it to the country."

That was John Kasich. Here's Chris Christie:

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  In recent weeks Manchester and Nashua have held rallies to highlight New Hampshire's heroin crisis. On Saturday, it was Concord's turn, and among those on hand for the "We Believe In Recovery Rally" was Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie. 

"I'm preaching to the converted," the New Jersey governor told the crowd at Concord's White Park of his call for more attention to the issue. Christie said he would be an advocate for families dealing with addiction if elected president, and touted a New Jersey law that expanded drug court programs. 

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To say that Republican Chris Christie held a town hall in New Hampshire is not news, in and of itself. But Sunday night's town hall in Dover was different.

While the New Jersey governor has made town hall-style events the focus of his presidential campaign, this event at Newick's Restaurant also featured Maine Governor Paul LePage, Christie’s most prominent – and outspoken – supporter.

Christie opened the event with a story about a trip he made to Maine for LePage's reelection effort.

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New Jersey  Gov. Chris Christie mingled with Granite Staters at the Hopkinton State Fair Friday afternoon.

The presidential GOP candidate shook hands and took selfies with almost every passer-by – stopping to chat about his recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon or the maple trees in his back yard in New Jersey.

He also taste tested a few treats including maple favored cotton candy and some fried cheesecake. And he even picked up presents for his family at home. Smoked cheddar cheese for his wife and maple syrup for his four children.

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Every four years brings a new round of comparisons between New Hampshire and Iowa, the first two states in the presidential nominating calendar. Discussions about voters in the two states tend to focus on demographic differences like religion and political leanings. 

  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, however, has a different benchmark to assess the states' electorates: sheer attitude.

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New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie visited Manchester on Wednesday to answer audience questions at the Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security Forum.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is chiding his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination for speaking in slogans rather than offering specifics on policies they'd pursue if elected to the White House.

At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Christie said that talk of making America great may sound good. But, he says, "Where's the beef?"

Christie's remarks came during his 15th town hall in the early voting state. Performing well in the New Hampshire primary is seen as crucial to Christie's presidential hopes.

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It's going to be a busy day for presidential politics in New Hampshire.

Four Republicans seeking the presidential nomination and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton are in the state Thursday to campaign from Windham to Franklin to Stratham.

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After officially entering the GOP presidential race in his home state of New Jersey on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie kicked off his campaign with a five-day trip to New Hampshire.

At a town hall event in Sandown Tuesday night, Christie told voters, "I want to be the next president of the United States and I plan to win the next election." And he's relying, in large part, on his personality to help him do that.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie didn’t waste much time hitting the campaign trail after declaring his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination Tuesday morning. Just hours after the announcement at his former high school in his home state, Christie met with voters in New Hampshire.

This post has been updated to reflect Christie officially getting in the race for president.

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Democrat Hillary Clinton has been a presidential candidate since April, but she held what was billed as a campaign kickoff rally this weekend in New York City. Now she’s holding launch parties in early voting states – she was in Iowa Sunday, and Monday she’s holding a forum on early childhood education in Rochester before rallying supporters at Carter Hill Orchard in Concord.

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Two Republican presidential hopefuls are headed back to New Hampshire this week. 

One of them, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, hasn’t formally announced his presidential plans. Speaking on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, Christie said he hoped to make up his mind in June, but said he was in no hurry. "We're still eight months away from anybody voting," Christie told host John Dickerson. "So let's everybody take a deep breath. We'll all be fine."