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New Jersey Gov. endorses GOP DC Council candidate

Friday - 4/19/2013, 5:27pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taped a robocall endorsing a Republican candidate for D.C. Council.

The call is going out to registered Republicans in the District of Columbia ahead of a special election on Tuesday. Christie says in the recorded message that "our country needs to elect accountable, responsible leaders like Patrick Mara at all levels of local government."

Democrats outnumber Republicans 11 to 1 in the nation's capital, and there has not been a Republican on the council since 2008. This is Mara's third run for the council. He's the only Republican in a six-person race.

D.C. Republican Party chairman Ron Phillips tells The Washington Post (http://tinyurl.com/brdfl7h) that he got Christie on board after telling New Jersey state party officials that Mara is "a Chris Christie Republican."

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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