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Sen. Hatch touts Christie-Martinez ticket in 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez would make a “great” 2016 Republican presidential ticket, longtime Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters Wednesday.

The endorsement of Martinez as a vice presidential nominee with Christie came after Martinez joined the New Jersey governor this week to help him campaign into the homestretch of his successful gubernatorial re-election bid.

“I was very interested that he had Susana Martinez there in the last days to campaign with him, because that would make a great ticket,” Hatch was quoted by the news website Politico as saying on Wednesday.

Hatch went on to praise Martinez, calling the nation’s first Hispanic female governor “really outstanding.”


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“Let’s face it: Susana Martinez has a lot of qualities that would help a lot of people to understand that the Republican Party is a broad base party,” Hatch said.

Bipartisan Pitch:

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., and former Republican Gov. Gary Johnson – now a Libertarian – have teamed up to advocate for same-sex marriage in New Mexico.

The Democratic congresswoman and the 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee are announcing their political group, New Mexico Unites for Marriage, at the Albuquerque Civic Plaza today at 12:30 p.m.

“The campaign is being launched to build support for the freedom to marry, and if necessary, to defend against any attempts to deny or strip away that freedom in the legislature,” the organization said in a news release.

The political organization comes as the state waits for a ruling on the legality of same-sex marriage from the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Growing CD1 Field:

A second candidate says he’s in the running for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham for the 1st Congressional District seat of the U.S. House.


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Michael Frese

Michael Frese
a candidate for Sandoval County Commisioner district 2

Mike Frese, a small-business owner from Corrales who fell short in a bid for the Sandoval County Commission in 2012, says he’s running for Congress “to fight to free the American economy from job-killing tentacles of regulation from Washington.”

He said Obamacare is an example of the kind of progressive Democratic approach to regulation that should be stopped by building the Republican majority in Washington.

Former Albuquerque City Councilor Mike McEntee has also announced plans to seek the Republican nomination for the 1st District seat.

Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, was first elected to the seat in 2012.

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