DOVER, N.H. (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn't yet officially running for president. But it's clear he and his team are staking his likely bid for the GOP nomination on success in New Hampshire and its first-in-the-nation primary.

In this May 12, 2015, photo, Gov. Chris Christie addresses a crowd during a town hall style event at an American Legion post, in Pembroke, N.H. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

In town hall meetings and one-on-one settings, Republicans and independents in New Hampshire appear drawn to Christie's brash persona and early forays into policy.

But many wonder whether he can get past the George Washington Bridge scandal that has dogged him at home even as they quickly dismiss it personally.

Christie's New Hampshire strategy includes delivering a series of policy speeches, playing up his personality -- and making the argument that his experience as a Republican governor leading an overwhelmingly Democratic state has taught him what it takes to get things done in Washington.


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