New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will give the keynote speech at the Republican convention Aug. 28, according to Republican activists in New Jersey.
“We’ve been told that’s the night to be there, that’s when the governor is going to speak,” one of them told the New York Post
Rumors have circulated for weeks that Christie, who has served as a surrogate for Romney, will give the primetime speech.
Politico cites several factors favoring the feisty freshman governor. His impassioned speaking style can motivate the troops, as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani did in his 2004 keynote address.
In addition, Christie has performed surrogate work for Romney since last October. The governor is unlikely to be chosen as Romney’s running mate, and may be honest in saying he doesn’t want the job anyway.
So granting Christie the keynote position might be a better way for Romney to say thank you. It also would give the governor, who likely has presidential ambitions of his own, a crack at the national spotlight.
At least one prominent Republican would like to see Christie get the nod. "He’s one of the best speakers ever. He’d be a wonderful choice — the best," former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, who delivered the 1988 Republican keynote speech himself, told The Newark Star-Ledger last month. "I don’t think any [other potential speaker] has the magic that our governor has."
Christie can appeal both to hardcore, grassroots Republicans and the more moderate independent voters who will determine the election’s outcome, Kean said. "If you neglect one or another, you’re in trouble."
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