The Washington Times - August 14, 2012, 07:25AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention later this month, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus announced Tuesday.

“As governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie has proven how bold Republican leadership gets results,” Mr. Priebus said in a statement. “He has fearlessly tackled his state’s most difficult challenges, while looking out for hardworking taxpayers. … Governor Christie will make the case for America’s Comeback Team and will rally our party and country in support of the Romney-Ryan ticket.”

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Mr. Christie is a rock star with Republicans for his conservative bona fides and in-your-face attitude: He has appeared just as comfortable taking on teachers’ unions as he has reporters, even getting into a shouting match with a heckler at the Jersey shore last month. Many had wanted him to take the plunge and run for president during the primary season, or for Mitt Romney to select him as his running mate.

Mr. Christie said it’s an “honor” to be able to address the party and the nation.

“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,” he said in a statement.