TAMPA, Fla. – New Jersey’s delegation to the Republican National Convention was already primed for a big night, with Gov. Chris Christie set to deliver the keynote address Tuesday.
But at just past 5:40 p.m. local time came a bonus: The Garden State’s delegates were the ones that boosted Mitt Romney “over the top,” as the moment when he officially clinched the presidential nomination was called.
In recent conventions such a distinction is usually reserved for a state of special significance to the nominee, either his home state, or a key battleground. New Jersey hasn’t produced a president since Woodrow Wilson, and hasn't been contested in presidential races in two decades.
New Hampshire, where Romney launched his candidacy and where he owns a lakefront home, put Romney just shy of the threshold.