Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, and their spouses in Manchester, NH Thursday June 4

Jun 5, 2015 9:32 PM

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MANCHESTER – Call him the man in demand.

As longtime Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas runs for re-election this year, he’s getting plenty of company from a bunch Republicans running for the White House next year.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was a high profile guest at a packed Gatsas fundraiser Thursday at Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral on the east side of town. Christie’s the seventh or eighth Republican presidential contender to seek out Gatsas so far this year.

“They come in. It’s a great thing for the state of New Hampshire. And when they come in I tell them it’s all about retail politics,” Gatsas said in a one-on-one interview with NH1 News.

Asked if he’ll endorse in November after his re-election campaign is over, Gatsas said “we’ll have to take a look. There’s an awful lot of them in. I don’t know how we’re going to separate them. But there’s great, great people that are running. And I look forward to talking to them and walking with, walking through the streets of Manchester with them.”

Gatsas underwent heart surgery last year. Asked about his health, Gatsas said “I feel great. You know I’ve gone through heart bypass surgery. They gave me a new engine. They gave me a new transmission. We’ve got six gears now instead of four, and we’re really moving along.”


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