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Jan 26, 2015 9:19 PM

First on NH1: Christie reaches out to Guinta to talk 2016

NH1 Political Director - NH1.com

CONCORD - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called Rep. Frank Guinta on Monday.

A source close to Guinta told NH1 that the two Republicans talked about the new PAC that Christie just formed.

The formation of the Leadership Matters for America PAC is clear signal that Christie's moving towards launching a presidential campaign. It allows the tough talking two-term governor to assemble a staff of top political advisers in what could be a precursor to an actual campaign. It will also serve as a vehicle to allow Christie to travel to the country, to reach out and talk to GOP activists.

Christie will travel to New Hampshire next month. The Concord and Merrimack County GOP announced that the New Jersey governor will headline their third annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner on February 16, which is Presidents Day. Christie's visit to the Granite State was first reported by the NH Journal's John DiStaso.

Christie, who last year was chairman of the Republican Governors Association, made five trips to New Hampshire in 2014 to campaign for Walt Havenstein, the state's GOP gubernatorial nominee, and other Republican candidates. This will be Christie's first trip back to the Granite State since the midterm elections.

Monday's phone conversation between Christie and Guinta was a follow up on the conversation the two men had last week at a private breakfast they attended in the nation's capital, according to the source. Guinta, who represents New Hampshire's1st Congressional District, was among 15 congressional lawmakers who met with Christie last week.

Two weeks ago Guinta received a call from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who's also seriously considering a run for the White House.


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