Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, following a failed bid for New Hampshire's Senate seat, said Wednesday he is meeting with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush Friday, and plans to offer his connections in the state to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and prospective GOP contenders getting ready for next year's first primary.
Brown plans to have a sitdown meeting Friday with Bush, reports the Boston Herald,
but noted that he and Christie are close and speak regularly.
"We have a good relationship," Brown said of Christie. "Jeb’s coming in [today]. I’m going to meet with him. A lot of folks are coming through New Hampshire. I’m playing a role in getting them and others in front of all the activists and all the people in New Hampshire that care about 2016."
Christie, in fact, came into New Hampshire on the last day before the November election to stump for Brown's campaign, reports Breitbart.
And on Thursday, while Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was being inaugurated, Brown and Christie joined former Gov. Mitt Romney and other key current and former Republican leaders to sit near each other and hear his speech, with Brown sitting just behind Romney and Christie, reports The Boston Globe.
Bush, also making an early foray into New Hampshire politics, visited the state last summer to support Brown in his senatorial campaign.
Brown, who is now a Fox News Channel contributor, said he is not yet encouraging any particular person yet to seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, saying, "they're going to make their own decisions."
Brown lost last year's New Hampshire Senate race to Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, after serving as a Massachusetts senator from 2010 to 2013.
New Hampshire, where the nation's first primary elections are held, is key to candidates seeking their party's nomination, and Brown said he is urging potential candidates to protect "the integrity" of the state's vote.
"You have same-day voter registration up there," Brown said. "To have 40,000 people show ... and say, ‘I want to vote,’ they don’t even need an ID. It’s something they have to look into fixing, absolutely."
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