The New York Post and MSNBC are reporting that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be delivering the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
The convention is set for Aug. 27 - Aug. 30, 2012 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.
“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 on Tuesday.
Christie has has been in the spotlight this election cycle, from early calls for him to run in the primary to speculation that he will be chosen as presumptive nominee Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s running mate. The selection of Christie as the keynote speaker would suggest that he will not be the vice presidential nominee, as the two spots are typically separate, according to MSNBC.
Still, Christie has drawn a significant amount of attention from conservatives, and his selection would bring that star power to the convention. The last New Jersey governor to deliver a keynote speech at a Republican convention, Thomas Kean, told New Jersey Real-Time News that Christie would be, “a wonderful choice, the best,” to give the speech.