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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8eaf0000New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, was first elected to the governor's office in 2009. Prior to that, he served as U.S. attorney for New Jersey from 2002 to 2008, and, prior to that was a member of his local county legislature.Christie's record in the Garden State includes efforts to reign in the public pension system and balance the state's budget.Christie declared his candidacy for the 2016 GOP Primary on June 30th, 2015.

Christie Joins Lamontagne In Exeter; Women Rally With Hassan In Concord

Chris Christie joined Ovide Lamontagne and former N.H. governors John Sununu, Steve Merrill and Craig Benson for a rally last night in Maggie Hassan’s home town of Exeter. All urged the audience to work hard in the final 13 days of the election. Chris Christie argued that democrats' only weapon against Lamontange is fear.

'So what they are going to try to do is scare you about Ovide. They are going to try to tell you you can’t trust him to be governor. You’ve seen all the dopey ads she’s running that doin have anything to do with NH's future."

Maggie Hassan, meanwhile, rallied women at the statehouse. Hassan said electing Lamontange would erode freedom for women and hurt the economy.

"It matters that Ovide would sign laws that take rights away from women. It matters that Ovide would sign bills that would allow let insurance plan drop coverage for birth control. It matters that Ovide would sign bills to defund "Planned Parenthood."

National Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richard appeared alongside Hassan yesterday. She predicted that the GOP-controlled state legislature’s attempts to limit abortion and contraception rights will help Hassan, President Obama as well as Congresssional candidates Carol Shea Porter and Ann McLane Kuster on election day. Recent polls from UNH show each democratic candidate leading their GOP rival among women voters; President Obama’s margin, 23 points, is the largest.

Josh has worked at NHPR since 2000.

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