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Mr. Donnelly narrowly won a third term in Congress last year from northern Indiana.

NEW JERSEY

Christie ‘thrilled’ by race requests

TRENTON | New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he never tires of being asked to run for president, but insists he’s still not doing it.

“How self-important would one have to be to become tired and annoyed by having people ask you to run for president?” Mr. Christie said Monday morning during an interview on a Philadelphia radio station.

“I’m a kid from Jersey who has people asking him to run for president. I’m thrilled by it,” he said. “I just don’t want to do it.”

That hasn’t stopped the Mr. Christie, who only took office in January 2010, from playing a kingmaker role in the race to the White House and having the top-tier GOP contenders over for dinner at the governor’s mansion in Princeton, including Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (he has since declined to run), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Jon Huntsman Jr., the former U.S. ambassador to China and former Utah governor, is scheduled to stop by in the next week, Mr. Christie said, adding that he had only met Mr. Huntsman once at a White House dinner.

“If I decide to support a candidate for president, I want to make sure I really get to know that person,” Mr. Christie said.

NEW YORK

Boehner headlines special election event

DEPEW | House Speaker John A. Boehner stepped in to rescue the Republican candidate in an upstate New York special election long thought to be a shoo-in for the GOP.

Mr. Boehner headlined a fundraiser Monday in Depew for state assemblywoman Jane Corwin.

Miss Corwin is running to replace Republican Rep. Chris Lee in the 26th District in western New York. The district is heavily Republican, but polls show a tight three-way contest between Miss Corwin, Democrat Kathy Hochul and multimillionaire tea party candidate Jack Davis.

The race has become a proxy battle over recent Republican efforts to cut Medicare. Miss Corwin supports a plan by Rep. Paul Ryan to turn Medicare into a voucher program.

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