Chris Christie to Give RNC Keynote

    WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 09:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers remarks and answers questions at the Brookings Institution, a non-partisan, public policy think tank, July 9, 2012 in Washington, DC. Christie, whose name has been mentioned among possible GOP vice presidential choices, talked about his self-described "New Jersey Comback," and a fiscal record "...including three balanced budgets, a two-percent hard cap on property taxes and landmark pension and health benefits reform."  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    Now that Paul Ryan will be a little busy in Tampa, Republicans have tapped Chris Christie to give the keynote address at the convention at the end of the August—a sign that Christie is being groomed for a 2016 run. The sought-after keynote address is usually given to a rising star in the party—little known as an Illinois senate candidate, President Obama gave the 2004 Democratic keynote speech—and Christie has famously fired up the GOP’s base with his no-nonsense style and budget slashing. On Sunday, Christie hinted at a 2016 run, saying that he “will be unemployed after 2013, so who knows?”

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