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NH GOP taps Chris Christie aide


ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Hampshire Republican Party is hiring a new executive director with strong ties to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The state party announced the hiring of Christie’s regional political director Matt Mowers on Wednesday, the day after the Republican governor won a blowout re-election as he weighs a 2016 presidential bid.

Mowers was responsible for managing Christie’s political operations in eight New Jersey counties. He has worked for the Christie administration since 2010.

In a statement, Mowers says New Hampshire Republicans have “an enormous opportunity to make significant gains” in next fall’s elections. He did not mention New Hampshire’s traditional role for vetting presidents as the first state in the nation to host a presidential primary.