Paul Steinhauser: New job for old boss keeps a top Christie aide in NH
CONCORD - Matt Mowers is staying put in New Hampshire.
The outgoing executive director of the New Hampshire Republican Party has a new job working for his old boss that will keep him in the Granite State. Mowers, who steps down from the NHGOP at the end of this week, will be joining a new leadership PAC formed by his old boss, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
A source with knowledge of the new PAC, which is called Leadership Matters for America, told NH1 that Mowers will be executing the mission of the organization in the Granite State. While he won't at the onset have an official title, he'll be serving in a state director type of role. Word of the PAC was first reported at 12:01am Monday by the Wall Street Journal, and quickly confirmed by NH1.
Mowers worked for Christie as a regional director of legislative and intergovernmental affairs in the governor's office for nearly three years, before serving as a regional political director for Christie's 2013 re-election campaign. After Christie's landslide victory, Mowers moved to New Hampshire after being hired as NHGOP executive director by chair Jennifer Horn. Last week the state party announced that Mowers would be succeeded by Elissa Voccola, the Connecticut GOP's executive director.
Christie coming to NH Feb. 16
The formation of the 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 was among more than a half dozen potential GOP White House contenders who spoke this past weekend at a gathering of conservative activists in Iowa, the state that kicks off the caucus and primary calendar.
Christie's also headed to the first-in-the-nation primary state. The Concord and Merrimack County GOP announced that the New Jersey governor will headline their third annual Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner on February 16. The event, which will take place on Presidents Day, will be held at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. Word of the Christie's appearance was first reported by John DiStaso of the New Hampshire Journal.