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Christie Strolls Midway, Meets N.H. Voters At Hopkinton State Fair

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie greets locals at the Hopkinton State Fair on Friday.

New Jersey  Gov. Chris Christie mingled with Granite Staters at the Hopkinton State Fair Friday afternoon.

The presidential GOP candidate shook hands and took selfies with almost every passer-by – stopping to chat about his recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon or the maple trees in his back yard in New Jersey.

He also taste tested a few treats including maple favored cotton candy and some fried cheesecake. And he even picked up presents for his family at home. Smoked cheddar cheese for his wife and maple syrup for his four children.

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After tasting maple flavored cotton candy and a maple shake, Chris Christie bought a bottle of maple syrup for his four children.

But when asked by reporters if he was concerned about his low standing in the polls, Christie said he’s not worried – it’s too early in the race.

“These are late deciding folks and during the summer you lay the groundwork, you build the foundation for what you are going to build on in when you get here in November, December and January, so I just have a lot of confidence that the reception matters more than anything else,” he said.

According to national polls, Christie is ranked eighth among the 17 other Republican candidates. 

Christie said he plans to be in New Hampshire every week until the Primary. so far he has held 21 town hall meetings in 10 counties including one Friday morning in Conway. He said he hopes to make it to 100 come February.

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