Christie maintains a political balancing act

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CHICAGO (AP) — Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is walking a political tightrope, trying to balance his re-election campaign in a Democratic-leaning state with a potential presidential bid aimed at winning over Republicans.

His latest challenge: Appearing with former President Bill Clinton in Chicago while potential rivals for the GOP nomination meet religious conservatives in Washington.

Christie has pitched himself as a pragmatic, bipartisan leader as he seeks a second term as governor this fall. His appearance Friday with the popular former president gives him a chance to talk about tackling problems like New Jersey's recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

Back in Washington, other potential presidential candidates are tackling heated issues like abortion and immigration as they debate the future of the GOP. Some activists are complaining about Christie's political priorities.

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