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Christie rallies Pennsylvania, New Hampshire Republicans at breakfast

TAMPA – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday got his second standing ovation in less than 12 hours.

The Keynote speaker the night before on the floor of the Republican National Convention addressed Pennsylvania and New Hampshire delegates at a breakfast meeting. Delegates were on their feet at both events.

Christie said at the breakfast event: “If Mitt Romney wins Pennsylvania and New Hampshire you’ll be in Washington on Jan. 20 for President Romney to take the oath of office.”

Christie’s keynote speech never mentioned President Obama by name. He laid out tough choices needed to put the country’s fiscal house in order. Politicians willing to tell voters the truth without sugar coating will be rewarded, he said. Christie criticized “the president” for lack of leadership.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, like Christie a former federal prosecutor, told delegates: “If you weren’t energized by the (keynote) speech I don’t know where you were.”

On Wednesday, Christie took delegates inside the his home, focusing on a visit by Romney last October seeking his support. His four children, ages 8 through 18, were told they had to be on their best behavior. His daughter Bridget came to where Christie and Romney were talking. She was demonstrating hand stands and cart wheels. Romney on his own took her to a safer spot, engaged her in conversation, and helped her do her gymnastics.

Christie calls it the “child test,” which is indicative of whether a politician has a “kind heart.”

Most politicians interact with kids and “most don’t really care,” he said.

Romney and his wife Ann have five grown sons.

“What struck me is Mitt Romney was completely comfortable with my children and my children were comfortable with Mitt Romney,” Christie said. “I was thinking, ‘this is a real guy, a real father.’ You can’t fake that.”

When Romney asked for his support, Christie said, “I’m in,” he recalled.


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