Nov 28, 2015 6:57 PM

First on NH1 News: Renee & Dan Plummer to endorse Christie

NH1 Political Director -

PORTSMOUTH -- The endorsements of Renee and Dan Plummer are among the most sought after in New Hampshire in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

And come Monday, the Seacoast based GOP activists will back New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, NH1 News has learned.

The Plummers will unveil their endorsement at a business round table luncheon at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth. The Plummers played crucial roles in transforming the former air force base into a thriving business and industrial park.

Monday's event will be the second time Christie's headlined one of gatherings, which have attracted nearly the entire Republican presidential field, including GOP front runner Donald Trump.

The endorsements can only help Christie. Even though he's spent more time in the first-in-the-nation primary state this year than any other than candidate (Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina's a close second), far outpacing his nomination rivals when it comes to holding town halls, and even though the super PAC supporting him has blasted New Hampshire airwaves with TV ads, he's still in the mid-single digits in the latest polls in the Granite State.

Besides the business round tables, the Plummers have invited some of the candidates over to their downtown Portsmouth home for some exclusive dinners. This summer NH1 News was the first media organization allowed to cover one of the dinners.

Renee Plummer, who moved to the Granite State from her native New York more than three decades ago, backed Sen. Bob Dole in the 1996 New Hampshire Republican primary. She supported then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in 2000 and Sen. John McCain of Arizona in 2008. Four years ago she endorsed former ambassador to China and Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. The candidate, who was low down in the polls, ended up finishing third in the primary.

While long known in the Seacoast area and among Granite State political circles, Plummer received national attention earlier this year thanks to an in-depth article in Politico headlined “The Great Granite State Suck-Up.”

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