The Washington Times - July 18, 2012, 11:20AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been tapped to give the keynote speech Aug. 28 at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., the New York Post reported Wednesday, citing GOP activists.

The selection would make a certain amount of sense. Mr. Christie has the kind of star power and commanding presence required to rev up the GOP base, and Mr. Romney’s ad maker, Russ Schriefer, who worked on Mr. Christie’s 2009 campaign, is playing a major role in convention planning.

Then-New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani gave the keynote at the 2008 convention in St. Paul, Minn.

“We’ve been told that’s the night to be there, that’s when the governor is going to speak. They’re saying he’s the keynoter,” one top party activist told the Post yesterday.