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Chris Christie warns voters: Don't elect a first-term senator

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GOFFSTOWN, N.H. (AP) -

Chris Christie is delivering a warning to New Hampshire voters as he remains locked in a tight battle for second place in the state: Don't nominate another first-term senator.

He says senators don't have the executive experience needed to make the tough decisions that keep a president up at night. His remarks are a not-so-veiled swipe at Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, two rising contenders for the GOP nomination. He's battling in particular with Rubio in New Hampshire, where Christie has pinned his presidential hopes. Christie's pitch centers on his executive experience as governor of New Jersey and a former U.S. attorney.

He says the American people learned a lesson after electing President Barack Obama, who was serving his first term in the Senate when he ran in 2008.

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