CONCORD, N.H. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pitching himself to New Hampshire Republicans as a straight-talking problem solver who can reshape the country's economy and foreign policy.
Christie delivered the keynote address Monday at the Concord and Merrimack County Republican parties' annual Lincoln-Reagan dinner.
Christie, in his second term as governor, is actively exploring a presidential bid and traveling the country to make his pitch to voters, recently visiting Iowa and Illinois. He kicked off his latest speech by criticizing New Hampshire's Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan for using her office as a stepping stone to run for U.S. Senate.
This is Christie's first trip to New Hampshire since the November election. Before the election, he visited multiple times to campaign with Republican gubernatorial nominee Walt Havenstein, who lost to Hassan.