N.J. Gov. Chris Christie delivering Republican convention keynote

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Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus early Aug. 14 announced that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be the keynote speaker for the Republican National Convention.

The convention takes place Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

The remarks in the announcement of the keynoter make clear the theme of the convention will be on an American “comeback.” Priebus said, “As governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie has proven how bold Republican leadership gets results. He has fearlessly tackled his state’s most difficult challenges, while looking out for hardworking taxpayers. He is a leader of principle and conviction, and I am excited to hear him address the Republican National Convention as our keynote speaker. Gov. Christie will make the case for America’s Comeback Team and will rally our party and country in support of the Romney-Ryan ticke.

Christie, in a statement, said, “It is an honor to be able to address our party and our nation in just a few short weeks. The challenges we face as a country are great and require the honesty and boldness of the Romney-Ryan team. We have an opportunity in Tampa to make clear that if we tell each other the hard truths, tackle the big problems, and make bold choices, we will see America’s comeback.”

The 49-year-old Christie was sworn in as governor of New Jersey on Jan. 19, 2010.

The GOP statement praised Christie for “action on an aggressive reform agenda to restore fiscal integrity and accountability to state and local government, combat New Jersey’s highest in the nation property taxes, institute historic reform of the state’s pension and health benefits system, and bring about necessary changes to public education in order to identify and turn around failing schools and give every child access to a quality education.”

Christie is perhaps best known in the LGBT community for vetoing a marriage equality bill earlier this year. He maintains that voters on a ballot question should decide whether same-sex couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples.

In his veto statement, which disappointed gay leaders in the Garden State who considered Christie a moderate, the governor said, “I am adhering to what I’ve said since this bill was first introduced – an issue of this magnitude and importance, which requires a constitutional amendment, should be left to the people of New Jersey to decide. I continue to encourage the Legislature to trust the people of New Jersey and seek their input by allowing our citizens to vote on a question that represents a profoundly significant societal change. This is the only path to amend our State Constitution and the best way to resolve the issue of same-sex marriage in our state.”

The Democratic National Convention takes place in Charlotte, N.C., the week after the GOP convention. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will deliver the keynote address.