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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie returned to the early presidential primary state of New Hampshire on Thursday, promising supporters it will not be the last time he is seen in the Granite State.

“I’m going to be up here often to help Walt as much as I possibly can,” Christie told the crowd in Nashua, N.H.

The official reason for the trip was to stump for New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate Walt Havenstein. As head of the Republican Governor’s Association, Christie has traveled around the country to champion Republican candidates while also making political inroads of his own.

Christie’s New Hampshire trip is his second in two months and has led many to believe it has as much to do with his own political future as it does Havenstein.

Earlier this month Christie told supporters in Iowa, the first state in line to nominate presidential candidates, that he would “be back a lot” to help popular incumbent Republican Gov. Terry Branstad.


-- Andrew Rafferty