- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WHIPPANY, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the latest potential presidential candidate to confirm he’ll attend a major New Hampshire Republican event next month.

The New Hampshire Republican Party announced Tuesday that Christie will attend the “First-in-the-Nation Leadership Summit,” which will be held April 17-18.

“We applaud the governor’s commitment to engaging in the process of grassroots campaigning by meeting voters face-to-face here in New Hampshire,” state GOP chair Jennifer Horn said in a statement. “We look forward to hearing his vision for our country during his attendance.”

The event will be the first so-called “cattle call” of candidates in the first-in-the-nation primary state and will feature more than two dozen speakers, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Christie’s RSVP came later than most other confirmed speakers and some New Hampshire Republicans had noticed the delay.

But Michael Zona, a spokesman for the New Hampshire Republican State Committee, said the party has been working to accommodate all the likely candidates’ schedules.

“He’s a big name here,” he said of Christie. “It’s good to have him back.”

New Hampshire is seen as the early-voting state where Christie’s blunt style may appeal most to voters. He visited multiple times last year ahead of the midterm elections and is expected make several visits in the coming month.

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