U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta was among about 15 members of Congress who attended a private meeting with potential presidential candidate Chris Christie on Wednesday morning.
At the meeting, a source close to Guinta said, Christie told the congressmen he was considering running for President and then took questions.
As the New Hampshire Journal also first reported on Twitter today, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called Guinta last Thursday, the same day Bush also called Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas, to express an interest in visiting the state.
Christie was in New Hampshire five times in 2014 to campaign for candidate for governor Walt Havenstein and other Republicans. He has not been to New Hampshire since the midterm election.
Guinta, who was returned to the U.S. House by 1st District voters in November, told The Hill last week, “We have a history in New Hampshire where we try to meet all the candidates. I’ve talked to a number of candidates. When candidates seek my advice about New Hampshire, I’ll certainly give my advice. But like everyone else, I want to kick the tires.”
Christie was at least the third potential presidential candidate to contact Guinta this month. Two weeks ago, as the Journal reported, he, his wife and guests were joined by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina at a private celebratory dinner following his swearing in ceremony for the 114th Congress.