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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, was first elected to the governor's office in 2009. Prior to that, he served as U.S. attorney for New Jersey from 2002 to 2008, and, prior to that was a member of his local county legislature.

Christie's record in the Garden State includes efforts to reign in the public pension system and balance the state's budget.

Christie declared his candidacy for the 2016 GOP Primary on June 30th, 2015. 

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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." 

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Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey has made it his mission to shine a spotlight on drug addiction as he tests his presidential appeal in the early primary state of New Hampshire.

In Franklin Friday, Christie met with local officials and advocates at Webster Place, a 42-bed treatment house, for a candid, personal discussion.

Christie Talks Entitlements With N.H. Voters

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As he considers a bid for the Republican nomination for President, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in New Hampshire sharing his proposals on Social Security and Medicare. 

At a town hall meeting at the VFW hall in Derry Thursday evening, Christie said the retirement age should be pushed up two years. He also said the government should “means-test” Social Security recipients to ensure wealthy retirees don’t get more than they need. Christie says the same goes for Medicare.

As presidential candidates visit the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, they're hearing about heroin and meth. Drug overdoses now kill more Americans than traffic accidents. And, in many places, there's a growing acceptance that this isn't just a problem for other people.

New Hampshire is in the throes of a crisis. Last year more than 300 people in the small state died of drug overdoses. Mostly opiods like oxycontin and heroin.

Republican Chris Christie says the U.S. needs to boost military spending and not back off on intelligence and surveillance programs. 

Speaking in Portsmouth’s Prescott Park, Chris Christie said the army needs more soldiers, the navy more ships, the air force more planes --and the government more intelligence.

Christie called for an extension to the Patriot act, and said concerns over data collection and privacy are overblown.

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Several high-profile presidential hopefuls are headed to New Hampshire this week, including Republican Chris Christie. The New Jersey Governor is giving a foreign policy speech in Portsmouth at noon Monday and is set to hold a town hall meeting in Hudson later in the afternoon.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be back in the state Wednesday and Thursday for a house party in Bedford and several business-themed events.

On Friday, it’s Democrat Hillary Clinton, who will make her first New Hampshire visit since holding roundtable discussions in Keene and Concord in April.

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Chris Christie’s first stop was the Farnum Center drug and alcohol treatment facility in Manchester. He stressed addition can affect anyone, and that recovery is possible.

"I just believe everybody deserves a second chance, that everybody deserves to understand that this is treatable."

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is returning to New Hampshire as he struggles to press forward with a likely presidential bid following indictments in the 2013 George Washington Bridge scandal.

The Republican will be in the early-voting state Thursday and Friday for several events.

The trip will include a visit to a drug treatment center and a keynote speech at a Lincoln Day dinner. He'll also lead another happy hour-timed town hall Friday at Fury's Publick House bar in Dover.

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Standing before a banner that read “Tell It Like It Is” and a giant American flag,  Chris Christie used Wednesday's nearly two hour event in Londonderry to cast himself as a politician for telling the truth and letting his own character be his guide.

“My mother taught me a very simple lesson when I was a kid, be yourself because then tomorrow you don’t have to try to remember who you were trying to be yesterday,” Christie told the packed room at the Lions Club.

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If Chris Christie had his way, Social Security would morph from a program that pays benefits to all workers who pay in, to one that means tests beneficiaries. 

Future seniors who earn $80,000 in retirement income would see their social security checks shrink.

Retirees earning more than $200,000 would get no check at all.

"Do we really believe that the wealthiest Americans need to take from younger, hard-working Americans to receive what for most of them, is a modest monthly social security check? I say no."

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie opens a trip to New Hampshire today -- the Republican's first extended visit to the state.

Christie begins the visit with a talk about entitlement programs at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester.

He'll also be making stops today in Newmarket and Portsmouth.

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On The Political Front is our weekly conversation with NHPR's Senior Political Reporter Josh Rogers. This week, a look at the latest in the 2016 presidential race and the New Hampshire primary.

Hillary Clinton made it official yesterday – she’s running for president. There’s no shortage of coverage of that on our air – and everywhere else this morning. But I want to talk to you about what it all means for New Hampshire.

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Potential presidential candidates will be flooding into the Granite State this week, with nearly 20 GOP White House hopefuls expected to attend a Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua over the weekend.

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and Rick Perry are just a few of the likely candidates slated to speak at the Nashua Crown Plaza Hotel for the First of the Nation Summit. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, who are the only official candidates so far in the race, are also scheduled.

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  Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is returning to New Hampshire today. He’s scheduled to speak at a dinner in Concord at 6pm.

Christie was a frequent visitor to the Granite State last year. He made a number of trips to stump for Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein.

Christie is being eyed as a potential GOP candidate for president in twenty-sixteen. 

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New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie is returning to New Hampshire for a fifth time this year to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein.

Christie and Havenstein will greet voters at MacKenna's Restaurant in New London on Monday afternoon. Havenstein faces Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan in Tuesday's election.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is set to campaign with Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein for the fourth time.

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Republican senate candidate Scott Brown was riding high yesterday. His campaign was lifted by some positive poll numbers, and by a visit from a one of his party's brightest lights, NJ Governor  Chris Christie. Democrats fought back with some lower-profile visitors,  ones from Brown’s former home-state of Massachusetts. 

If you believe the rhetoric coming from the camps of  Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown, you might call this race the Carpetbagger vs. the Obamabot.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie visited New Hampshire for the second time in as many months Thursday night to aid Republican candidate for governor Walt Havenstein with his campaign.

Chris Christie, who’s Chair of the Republican Governors Association is again signaling establishment support for former defense contractor Walt Havenstein.

Christie said when Havenstein took over BAE Systems in 2000, the company had a budget three times the size of the state.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is coming to New Hampshire for the second time in little more than a month to campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein.

Christie has been crisscrossing the country this summer to bolster fellow Republicans as chair of the Republican Governors Association. But his schedule also is packed with stops in key states on the presidential nomination calendar, giving him the opportunity to make inroads with fundraisers, party leaders and activists who will be crucial if he decides to run in 2016.

N.H. GOP Director Testifies In 'Bridgegate' Scandal

May 20, 2014
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  The Executive Director of the New Hampshire Republican Party answered questions in New Jersey on Tuesday regarding his role in the George Washington Bridge scandal involving Governor Chris Christie.

Matt Mowers testified before a special committee investigating whether lane closures on the bridge last September were an act of political retribution after the mayor of Fort Lee Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, declined to endorse Christie.

Mowers was a Christie campaign staffer at the time. He denies any involvement.

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Matt Mowers, the executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party, is one of 17 people being subpoenaed tonight by a panel of the New Jersey state Assembly.

The latest development in the controversy surrounding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie comes a week after revelations that political associates of Christie, a possible presidential contender in 2016, may have ordered the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge last September as an act of political retribution.

Mowers has worked as the New Hampshire GOP’s top staffer since November.

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