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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.