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Mobbed by the media, Chris Christie arrives at the RNC

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on the floor before the start of the abbreviated first day of the Republican National Convention.

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The N.J. politician's straight-talk and tough policies put him in the national spotlight — but after considering a presidential bid, the governor decided he wasn't ready.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was swamped by journalists as he entered  the floor before the start of the abbreviated first day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. The RNC is scheduled to convene today, but will hold its first full session tomorrow after being delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac.  Gov. Christie will give his keynote address on Tuesday night. Christie is scheduled to appear tomorrow on Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough.

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