New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is ramping up his own potential campaign for the presidency with plans to speak at a major GOP event, just as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio declared his White House ambitions.
Christie is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the joint Merrimack County-Concord City Republican Committee Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner in New Hampshire, an early presidential primary state, according to the New Hampshire Journal
The event, scheduled for Feb. 16, will be held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord, according to the newspaper, citing sources. The committee has been in talks with Christie's aides for several weeks, and official confirmation of his appearance is expected soon.
The Journal reported
that Christie had visited the state five times before the midterm elections in November, but noted that this would be his first visit since "he has moved more directly toward a presidential run."
The paper's "exclusive" report surfaced at the same time it emerged that Rubio's advisers had told ABC News
that the senator is laying the foundation for a White House run in 2016.
Rubio has called on his aides to prepare for a campaign, has hired a leading GOP fundraiser and mapped out an ambitious travel itinerary to visit early-voting primary states in the coming weeks, according to the report.
The senator has seemingly entered the race soon after it was revealed that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was setting up a leadership political action committee in a major step towards officially announcing that he was running in 2016.
To get a jump on his opponents, Bush recently launched a 60-event fundraising tour
in hopes of reaching a first-quarter fundraising goal of $100 million.
It was also learned this week that supporters of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal have registered a political action committee with the Federal Elections Commission in preparation for the Pelican State's leader to seek the presidency next year, according to MSNBC
Meanwhile, Christie's hopes of becoming the next commander in chief were dealt a huge blow on Thursday when a poll showed
that nearly three in five registered voters in his home state do not think their governor would make a good president.
And last week Politico reported that Christie is going to find it challenging to kick-start any presidential campaign because he needs the backing of the same donor base
that Jeb Bush and GOP 2012 nominee Mitt Romney are already tapping into.
According to the DailyMail.com, a new poll of New Hampshire voters shows Romney with a commanding lead over potential Republican challengers.
Nearly a third of respondents said they would support Romney if their state's primary, slated for February of 2016, were held now, according to NH1's latest survey
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