Christie to Speak at GOP Convention

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie jokes with a member of a large gathering at a town hall meetingin East Hanover, N.J., Wednesday, May 16, 2012. Christie joked with the crowd about he and Cory Booker, the mayor of New Jersey's largest city doing a Seinfeld-Newman type rivalry in a video parody that spoofs the mayor's heroics and Christie's vice presidential potential. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will give the keynote address at next month’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, NBC New reports. The coveted slot is typically reserved for a rising star in the party, the most famous recent example being young Senator Barack Obama, who was tapped for the keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic convention. The keynote speaker is traditionally not the vice-presidential nominee, so the selection of Christie essentially rules out the possibility of the governor becoming Mitt Romney’s running mate. A spokesperson for the convention has yet to confirm NBC’s report.

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